There are so many great reasons to keep your tablet away from your kids. Expensive electronic devices do not go well with jam and rough-housing. Everyone in your work contact list does not need a group text with a random string of characters. Your child does not need to see a Jason Bourne movie when they still define spying as that thing you do to count license plates on a car trip. Thankfully, there are some wonderful (and durable) tablets on the market made to deliver enrichment and entertainment that’s age-appropriate. Here are our favorites.
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Charges easily with a USB-C cable so you can enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life. Amazon
This Fire tablet for kids has a 10.1-inch screen, an HD display, and supports Dolby Atmos immersive audio so they can enjoy media with superior sound quality. There are few differences between this edition and the adult version except where it really counts: the strong case and stand can take a kid-sized amount of wear and tear, and the material is grippy and comfortable for small hands. You’ll also receive a one-year free subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a platform where kids can access thousands of books, apps, games, and shows for ages 3-12, including Disney and PBS kids. FreeTime also has thousands of options in Spanish and offers strong Parental Controls that prohibit access to social media.
You can set up different profiles so that siblings can have their own customized content. Amazon
Young kids ages 3-8 who have fun putting on your shoes and pretending they’re grown-ups can make believe they’re part of the daily grind as you work on your tablets together at the kitchen table. Only you’ll be scrolling social while answering emails, and they’ll be practicing letters, developing math skills, and learning about science via interactive games. Kids can use the LeapSearch browser for a safer online experience, and parents can control time limits and approve websites. This device comes with 20 educational apps and a 3-month subscription to LeapFrog Academy with product registration.
Tame Your Little Dragon
The kid-resistant choice at a wallet-friendly price. Amazon
If you want to curate your child’s content without the sticker price of an adult tablet, the Dragon Touch Y88X Pro 7 is a good choice. This tablet features the Android 9.0 operating system, and you can choose games, videos, and parental controls using the pre-installed Kidoz app or access media like YouTube Kids or Skype through Google Play. The pliable, brightly-colored, and bump-resistant silicone case will grab their attention, and pre-installed Disney story books and audio books featuring favorites like Coco and Moana will help keep it while you sneak a few minutes of downtime.