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Buying a tablet for your child - Top Tips

Updated on March 25, 2019
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I am a passionate technology fan that has been reviewing the latest Android tablets over the past couple of years, providing helpful advice.

Advice for parents purchasing a tablet for their child.
Advice for parents purchasing a tablet for their child.

Do you need advice to select a tablet for your child?

One of the most difficult things these days, is the small matter of buying a 21st century gadget for your technology savvy youngster. Your child might in many cases know more than you, when it comes to buying a device. It is however best for you to do the necessary research yourself, as kids are prone to be very much influenced by their friends. Feel free to ask any question. I'll try my best to answer and provide honest and accurate advice on this hub.

There are many things to consider when buying a tablet for a child, that at first might not be that apparent. I am listing the ones which I feel is critical to ensure your child will have the best experience. These are sometimes the ones that we don't think about. Please leave a comment or ask me to add ones that you feel should be added.

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Mommy, I don't want to be exposed to inappropriate content

Make sure the kids tablet has got safe browsing.

It is very important to decide first and foremost if you want a tablet that has got internet access, as this will require extra controls to keep your child safe online. Most kids tablets with internet access has got safe browsing capabilities to ensure the young ones are safe online. You also have the option to buy a tablet without any internet access like for example the LeapPad. This has got its own games and applications. It might however cause some frustrations for your kids if they want to play the same trending games currently being played by their friends on Android or Apple devices.The ideal solution is to get a tablet where you as the parent can setup your child's tablet from an applications, games and reading material point of view. Luckily Amazon has recently released a kids Fire tablet where you can actually do exactly that. This item is in my opinion the most important when selecting a tablet for your child.

It is too big Mommy!

Tablet Size is very important, when it comes to buying a tablet for kids.

This is another classic misconception, when it comes to buying a tablet. Buying a 9.7 or 10.1 inch tablet for 7 year old might not be the best option. As they are holding the tablet with both hands when playing games, it becomes extremely uncomfortable when the tablet is too big. The max size that will still be bearable is possibly 8 inches, but you will have gauge your child's size, age, strength and purpose for buying the tablet when making your selection. I prefer to stick to a 7 inch tablet .

It is too heavy Mommy!

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Tablet weight, sometimes overlooked, but very important.

The importance of tablet weight is sometimes overlooked. It is very important that the tablet is not too heavy for your little one. Kids prefer to hold the tablet with both hands when playing most games. Many games are gyro sensor aware, so you need to move the tablet in the direction the game character has to move in. If the tablet is too heavy, it can be detrimental to your child's wrists. Look for a tablet that does not weigh more than 650 g.

The battery is flat again, Mommy!

Battery life can be a big let-down.

It is important to look out for a tablet with a good battery life, especially when buying one for your child. You wouldn't want your child to be involved in charging a tablet, due to the possible dangers relating to electricity. It is therefore important that the tablet can keep its charge for a considerable time. Be on the lookout for the battery life quoted on the tablet reviews. Look for a battery strength of 5000 mAh + upwards.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

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It is too slow Mommy!

Look for a good Processor, even if it is for your child.

It is important to not buy a tablet that is too slow, as you are only buying it for your child as a "toy." I made this mistake when I bought my kids each their first tablets. I didn't want to spend too much, but in trying to be frugal, I ended up causing my kids endless frustration due to application loading extremely slow and in some cases just being too slow to be enjoyed to its full potential. Do not buy anything that has got a processor speed of slower than 1.2 gHz . It is also important to look for a Quad core or at minimum a Dual core processor.

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet

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The screen is fuzzy, Mommy!

Screen quality - very important for the little ones!

Purchasing a tablet with good screen quality is almost as important as purchasing a tablet with good battery life. Lookout for at minimum 1080p quality with possible IPS screen quality if you can afford it. (IPS is functionality that assist in viewing the screen clearly from various viewing angles.)

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 ogrote

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      The VTech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet looks really cool!

    • ogrote profile imageAUTHOR

      ogrote 

      6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thx Susan52.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Good points to be aware of!

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