I had to laugh when I read the following letter sent to Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal, with his response:
Q: My husband has given an elderly Compaq laptop to our 20-month-old twins. They love to “type” on it, while Daddy works on his — but they also jump on it, like the gorilla used to do in the old luggage commercial. If they manage to break it open, is there anything in the screen (or anywhere else) that can harm them?
A: Of course. You could get sharp pieces of the screen and the plastic case, not to mention various sharp-angled internal plastic and metal parts, and wires, that weren’t intended to be handled by babies.
I don’t know how sturdy the laptop is, or how large and destructive the twins are, but I suspect it will be hard for them to break open the case in any major way. However, it’s much easier to damage the screen and keyboard. Even keyboard keys that pop off could choke a baby if ingested. So, I’d advise close and careful parental supervision of their laptop activities.
Perhaps Dad hasn’t heard of age-appropriate toys yet? And more likely than not, there’s a funny laptop advert now brewing in the minds of some Madison Avenue hotshots… 🙂