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5 Considerations Before Buying A Tablet For Kids

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5 Considerations Before Buying A Tablet For Kids

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Today’s toddlers and preschoolers can use smartphones or iPads before writing their names or tying their shoelaces. Since birth, because technology has been a part of most kids’ lives, they understand it so well.

In addition to being a fun toy, tablets can also be excellent tools for learning. Using educational tablets properly can be an excellent way to introduce kids to technology. Kids can benefit from them both intellectually and socially.

1. Consider The Usage

Keeping in mind who will use the tablet is the first consideration. It is important to consider if only kids will use it or if adults will also use it. Look for a tablet that offers flexible programs and apps and a secure file storage capability if it is shared across age groups. Your children need separate logins to prevent them from accessing inappropriate information or sharing their locations.

Consider the longevity of the tablet when using it for just one child. If your child is growing, you would want a tablet that will last longer. If your children are of different ages and will share the tablet, be sure to choose a device versatile enough to play short videos from educational websites, like PBS Kids, and older apps like First in Math for school-aged kids.

2. Consider Durability/Water Resistance Ability

The young are clumsy. It is pretty easy for things to be dropped, bumped, and split – not to mention how sticky it is. It is for this reason that many tablets are built with colorful protective covers. The retailer can replace them if the screen is accidentally broken if a two-year warranty covers them.

Always ensure your tablet or case is water-resistant when you buy it. Your initial thought maybe that you would never let your child use the device near water.

Two children laying on the floor playing with a tablet

When you and the child have become tired of the novelty of the product, it will happen. The chance of spills is inevitable, especially if you are using them to distract others in a restaurant.

3. Consider Pre-loaded Content

There are as many programs and apps on the tablet already as additional programs and apps can be downloaded. If your child is under 18 and developing, make sure the apps on the device are appropriate. Kid-friendly applications and games are built into some of the best kids’ tablets.

4. Consider Battery Life

Battery life and the ability to charge the tablet easily are important considerations if your child will use the device on a road trip across the country. When playing videos or games, you will want to ensure that the device doesn’t run out of battery after just an hour. Choose a tablet with a battery life of at least 8 hours.

5. Consider Screen Size/Weight Of The Tablet

Your child needs to carry the tablet without dropping it if it is the right size. The larger screen size is not accessible to young children, while a smaller screen size in a tablet is not appealing to pre-teens. Younger children may benefit from smaller screens.

Video and game devices that need a lot of precision have larger screens. The price of a larger screen also increases. A tablet with a large screen will also be heavier. Over 2 or 3 pounds, a tablet might be a little heavy for a toddler to hold.

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