How to choose a children’s tablet
So you have decided to buy a Kids Tablet for your little one? What a great idea! However with this being one of the best-selling toys for children at the moment, there is so much choice on the market. Here are a few tips to help you choose a children’s tablet:
Advice for buying a kid’s tablet
The quality of the product
First of all, it is strongly recommend to verify the quality of the product, especially concerning the screen and its robustness. The screen needs to be of certain quality and readable from all angles, to avoid children’s eyes from getting too tired. Additionally, a solid design ensures that your product lasts a lifetime (we are all familiar with the risks of leaving something fragile in the hands of a child without watching…). At the same time you need to make sure that the tablet is not too heavy, as children may struggle to use it as it was designed.
Content and applications
Regarding content, make sure you know what kinds of applications are already available on the tablet as well the possibility to download or buy additional ones. The latter option is important to keep in mind as there is an enormous choice in terms of games and you might risk spending more than you planned to. If you opt for downloading apps yourself, make sure you have enough space. In other words, think about the possibility of adding a memory card. Normally these kinds of tablets come with preinstalled apps designed specifically for children, for example educational e-books, cartoons or games. These devices are increasingly used in schools in order to enhance the learning process.
Batteries vs Rechargeable Tablets
There are models that work with batteries; however it might be better to consider a tablet with a rechargeable battery, which will simplify its use. Try to avoid low-end products or ones that have been badly adapted for children. Sometimes you can find standard tablets that have been slightly adapted in order to offer educational features or to match a child’s needs. This type of product is often inappropriate for a child’s use and can be frustrating to use.
Advice for using children’s tablets
Even though tablets for kids already have integrated parental control, you are advised to activate age restrictions for certain applications when possible. Moreover, it is good to ensure that the tablet is not connected to the internet, despite this being uncommon for this type of product. If it does have Internet access you can limit browser access or access to the application store. You can even create a personalised account by defining how long your child is allowed to use the device.
If your child’s tablet includes the possibility of using a stylus, encourage your child to use it. This type of usage allows for the development of their motor skills. Equally try to limit the amount of playing time and watch the child whilst playing in order to avoid nasty surprises!
A tablet for every age group
It is important to note that this type of tablet is designed for children up to 8 or 9 years of age. If they are older, they might get bored and prefer to use a normal tablet if you have one at home. Little ones want to imitate us adults at all costs! So it is now easier than ever to find tablets for babies up to 36 months old. Thanks to brands such as Vtech: there are products like the Baby Tablette to start off with or the Vtech Tiny Touch Tablet. The problem with this type of product is that the child will not use it for a very long time.
For the 3 to 6 years age group, there are tablets like the LeapPad 2 (made by the brand LeapFrog), Slidepad Kids (Memup), Funpad (Vidéojet), Kid Tab Premium (Tekniser) and another product from Vtech, its tablet Storio 3 X. For a child of over 6 years of age you may consider the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids from Samsung.
Have you considered a classic tablet for your children?
Giving your child a normal tablet is possible but you need to take some precautions. Tablets designed for children are prettier and especially more affordable. But these tablets are also more robust and are better protected, coming with a silicone cover or a protection sleeve to withstand any bumping when getting tidied away with the other toys. Its use is also simplified in comparison to conventional tablet computers.
Now you have been given all this information, it is up to you to decide whether you wish to buy a kid’s tablet or adapt your conventional tablet to the needs of your little ones. If you choose the latter option, do not forget to activate the parental controls and to switch it to off-line mode. And of course, keep an eye on your child while it is playing to ensure that the tablet is being used appropriately and safely. If you choose to buy a classic tablet, feel free to consult our article “How to choose a tablet”.