Experts say sweep content from high-tech hand-me-downs before passing to kids

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POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 2:21pm

There's an interesting phenomena expected this Christmas that involves young children getting some pretty sophisticated gifts.

The issue, though, is not necessarily the gift itself but where it comes from.

A pbs survey of parents of 2- to 10-year-olds found a quarter of them were giving their kids a personal technology device for christmas this year, like a laptop or smartphone.

In many instances the device will be hand-me-down.

"A lot of adults are upgrading and they're going for the new iPhone or the new iPad and so what they're going to do is hand down their existing tech device to their kids," says PBS Vice President of Children's Media Lesli Rotenberg.

Experts say it's especially important to sweep a second-hand device.

"Kids have a tendency to lose devices...so, you want to make sure your personal information is not on that device. Same thing with your credit card information," Rotenberg says.

Other than that, they say the rules about usage are the same.

Parents should limit how long their child is allowed online or in front of any screen and pay particular attention to the apps for downloading on the device, opting for the ones from reputable sources that teach as well as entertain.

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