Whether you have an iPhone or an iPod touch, it's safe to say that Apple's mobile devices are many things to many people. But the one thing they are to all their owners are great, customizable diversion devices. Certainly, both the iPhone and the touch have size-related limitations, which we rarely think of, because these are what make iPods intensely personal, to the point where they can almost feel like extensions of ourselves. But as all parents know, those other extensions of ourselves-our kids-often care little about such boundaries.
This is especially true of the little ones-those least likely to have their own iPods. Which means if it hasn't happened yet, it will soon. You'll find yourself handing your device over, if only to coax just five more minutes of patience from your mini-me at the post office, the grocery checkout line, or the airport.