No matter how many times they are begging for one, your child may not need a smartphone. Official advice of American Academy of Pediatrics Young children need hands-on social interaction and exploration with peers and caregivers to learn.
That’s not to say you don’t need a digital device to locate them, entertain them, or distract them while you’re doing something else. If you need someone to forgive you, let me second, fourth or tenth person tell you: That’s perfectly fine. Here are some devices that work for me and my kids, they’re 5 and 7 years old now. Most of these gifts do not require parental supervision and the gifts have good parental controls to limit your child’s use. Our test The best subscription box for kids guidelines and The best tablets for kids guide for more information.
Update November 2022: We’ve added new items, like the new Kindle Paperwhite for kids.
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