That’s a question that I need the answer to! My son’s birthday is coming up – as well as Christmas – and I intend to buy him his own tablet. I’m tired of him stealing my phone and my kindle fire and my other electronics. I think he’s emotionally ready and mature now to take at least some care for a device of his own, and I know that it will make him so proud to have one.
Now I just have to make a choice! I’m debating between getting him one of the tablets that’s specifically designed for kids (like the leapfrog leappad or the vtech innotab), or just going for a full-featured tablet like an ipad mini or a kindle fire. If I get him a kid-specific tablet it will be sturdier and far less likely to break. It will also be less expensive… at least for the initial purchase. But I know that they’re not as quick and responsive as the tablets for adults, and I don’t know if the slowness will be too annoying. Or if he’ll even care! The other thing I need to consider is whether he will outgrow it too quickly. I’ve been doing some research, and I don’t know how many years the apps and features on the kid tablets will hold his interest. I’m checking out some reviews for the best kids tablets here. I also worry that purchasing extra programs for the kid tablets will quickly grow to be expensive.
What will be even more expensive though, is to get him a full tablet and then to have it get broken because little hands aren’t careful enough. Dilemmas, dilemmas! Maybe the solution is to find a super protective (and bulky) case, and go ahead and get a mature tablet. I can then spend some time installing parent monitoring software and paring down the apps to ones I am comfortable with him using.
Now it’s time to do some shopping.