I'm old fashioned. You can have your laptop to do homework and read books online but no other play only electronics on any type of vacation. We have an Uno game, deck of playing cards and portable backgammon/chess and checkers set for "interactive" play. Mad Lib books are fun too especially for long travel time. Learning to live semi unconnected is more relaxing and focused to your surroundings in my mind. I finally gave up and bought DGD a basic phone when she was 11 y/o. This year at 13 she got an iPhone simply because our phone carrier messed up the family account and offered it as a mea culpa along with 3 months free service. Everyone has to parent in the manner they feel most comfortable with and this works for us.