We leave you with the selection of the best children’s tablets and we solve the parents’ question: how to control my child’s tablet from my mobile?
A tablet is a very complete device for the little ones . Thanks to its large screen, it is at the same time a window to the network, a tool for learning and an ideal place to have fun. It is, therefore, one of the most demanded gadgets, but also one of the most complex to choose due to the wide range of iPads and tablets on the market.
In addition, in most cases, we are putting what will be their first computers in the hands of the little ones . So let’s see how to find a device that is quality, safe and resistant , the one that, among the best tablets , meets our needs.
WHEN CAN A CHILD HAVE A TABLET?
The Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics (AEPAP) recommends that:
- Children under 18 months should only be in contact with screens in video calls with family members at a distance.
- Between 18 and 24 months they can start using tablets with their parents, never alone.
- From the age of 2 it is better not to exceed 1 hour a day of use and always under parental supervision.
Used properly, with the applications and services that schools and educational institutions recommend, educational tablets become beneficial tools for the development of the little ones.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BUY A TABLET FOR CHILDREN?
The screen is the main way of interaction with the tablet and the place where the information is represented, so the more quality it has, the better the experience will be. Its size directly conditions the dimensions and weight of the device, with the diagonals that move between 8 and 10 inches being the most manageable.
It is also advisable to choose a resolution greater than 1,280 x 800 pixels and a good front camera for video calls or virtual classes.
As for operating systems , IOS or Android, opting for one that has the same as the parent’s phone makes it easier to control their use and share applications.
Finally, having 32 GB for storage and RAM of no less than 2 GB will guarantee its usefulness for a long time.
HOW CAN I CONTROL MY CHILD’S TABLET FROM MY MOBILE?
Guaranteeing a safe environment, with applications and content appropriate to the age of each child, is possible thanks to the parental control functions that include both Android tablets and iPads. But, in addition, some applications allow us to control these devices from our mobile in a simple way, with functions such as:
- Block inappropriate content, even while browsing in incognito mode.
- Know who makes calls or sends messages.
- View screen time and set limits.
- Know your locationat all times.
- Control which applications are installed and their usage time, blocking inappropriate ones.
- Establish a time to turn off the mobile and go to sleep.
The applications must be downloaded twice, once on the tablet used by the child and once on the parent’s smartphone.
Some of the most popular examples available for Android and iOS are: Family Link , Google’s free option, Qustodio , with a free and premium version, and Family Time , with a free version and several premium alternatives that can be tried for free for 3 days.
WHAT TABLET IS RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN?
These five models take into account all possible budgets. As we are looking for a tool that allows us to study when necessary and encourage the creativity of children without limits, toy tablets have not been included.
Due to its affordable price, its practical size (8 inches) and its good performance, the SPC Lightyear Tablet is the favorite of many parents. With a quad-core processor, it includes an IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen that allows you to always enjoy the best quality in terms of image and color. Something essential when the tablet is used to play games, watch movies…
It is a very suitable tablet to begin to enjoy, study and play, and for children to start in the world of technology.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A7 LITE
We have decided to include another model with a small screen size –8.7 inches– in the selection, since it will be very manageable for younger children or those who prefer a tablet of contained size. In addition, this Samsung product is really affordable for what it offers us.
It is a light tablet, with better qualities for audiovisual consumption than for multitasking, but with exceptional autonomy (10 hours of active screen on a single charge). It has the possibility of activating Parental Control, from where you can review the time of use and play and thus be calm.
LENOVO M10 FULL HD PLUS
With this Lenovo we not only go up to 64 GB of storage , but we also find a larger screen, 10.4 inches and with a very high resolution: Full HD. Place your M10 on the smart charging station to power it without the hassle and activate the Google Assistant Ambient mode to have a smart screen where you can play music, start a photo slideshow or receive notifications, among other things, without touching the device.
To ensure peace of mind for parents, it also includes Kids Mode 4.0 . Packed with fun and kid-safe content, it comes with a host of features that give you the opportunity to control what your kids can watch and for how long.
This Apple option is a safe bet and the most interesting if you are within the Apple ecosystem . It stands out for its high-quality 10.2-inch screen and for being one of the most powerful devices in its segment thanks to the A13 Bionic processor.
This iPad is very versatile due to its compatibility with the Apple Pencil (as an optional element), which allows us to use the screen as a canvas or paper on which to write, draw, take notes, edit photos… We don’t forget the keyboard either. with a Smart Keyboard cover, which while protecting the tablet brings its benefits closer to those of a laptop.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A8
This Samsung proposal is the most complete Android tablet in our selection, as it adds the 4G connection to WiFi connectivity, which allows it to be used everywhere: at school, at home and while traveling. It is also a premium and resistant product, as evidenced by its metallic finish.
Its excellent high-resolution 10.5-inch screen , with especially panoramic proportions, and the four Dolby Atmos-certified speakers are very convincing arguments for qualifying this Galaxy TAB A8 as excellent for playing YouTube series and videos.
YOUR FIRST TOUCH COMPUTER
Computers are becoming practical alternatives to tablets for several reasons: touch screens, lighter models, and operating systems like Chromebook .
Google’s new system has been designed to work by touch, so if we choose a convertible Chromebook we will have the comfort of using a tablet, but if we need to turn it into a complete computer we can do so.
ACER SPIN 514
For a really attractive price we get a 2 in 1 with the operating system Chrome OS . In its conventional configuration it is a light and powerful laptop, but if we fold it completely we find a touch screen that we can use as a tablet.
The advantage is that we have 13.3 inches with Full HD resolution , a tablet in which we can devour the best multimedia content. One of the great features of this equipment is its 14 hours of autonomy, thanks to the Snapdragon hardware used.
ASUS FLIP CX5 CX5500FEA-E60183
Chromebooks are not only affordable computers, they can also be the benchmark for power and screen quality. A great example is this ASUS convertible with a 15.6-inch screen and ultra-thin bezels.
It stands out for its 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD memory and Intel Core i3 processor. This is an ideal Chrome OS computer for the beginning of the computer life of the little ones.
DRAW AND TAKE NOTES ON A TABLET
There is a small selection of tablets that have pen support . Not only does it allow us to use the screen with greater definition, it also enables something as useful in studies as taking notes, we can even draw naturally thanks to its great sensitivity.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6 LITE
Among the Android models that we can find on the market, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is one of the most elegant in design. It stands out for its reduced frames that enclose a large 10.4-inch screen . Together with the two Dolby Atmos certified speakers, we have an ideal tablet for multimedia consumption.
The tablet uses a new S Pen that allows for a better writing and drawing experience thanks to its lower latency. The stylus can be attached to the side of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite or its case thanks to its magnetic capability.
It is the ideal tablet for all members of the house, due to its lightness, ease of use and great autonomy. It stands out especially for multimedia consumption, due to its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina screen and stereo sound.
It has benchmark specifications in the market, with Apple’s own M2 processor as the main protagonist. If we are going to take photos and video calls, their cameras are up to the best mobile phones.
To make it a complete computer, it has the Magic Keyboard and the second generation Apple Pencil .
WHAT IS THE BEST CASE FOR A CHILDREN’S TABLET?
A tablet intended for the smallest of the house is in continuous movement; from the sofa to the bed, from the desk to the table or, on many occasions, traveling directly to the floor. Taking into account that these devices are all screens, a good protective case is essential to avoid scratches and bumps and to be able to transport it without fear.
These protective cases have reinforced anti-shock and anti-scratch corners, are made of flexible and resistant materials, such as silicone, and include, in some cases, very practical accessories such as special handles for children or the support function to keep the tablet in foot.