Picking Out a Tablet for Your Child

Whether it’s running errands with your kids, a road trip, or a long flight, parents and guardians everywhere are seeking safe ways to provide entertainment and educational stimulation for their children while out and about. There are many options out there for on-the-go entertainment and a tablet is the best and most flexible option. They are portable, have a much larger screen than a phone, fit in most bags, and children can easily switch between educational and entertainment-based apps.

What age should a child have a tablet?

As a parent, you know your child and their maturity levels the best. Some parents begin to introduce their child to tablets between ages 2 to 3. However, if you’re unsure, there are questionnaires you can take and resources to read that will help you decided if your child is screen ready. AT&T’s Digital Parenting hub is one such resource. There you can take a quiz to assess your child’s readiness for digital life and access a wealth of knowledge on digital safety and literacy.

What type of tablet should I buy my child?

There are a lot of tablets in the market, so it can be tough to decide on what features to look for. Here are a few key features to look for:

  • Memory
  • Parental Controls
  • Durability
  • Battery Life

Memory: Look for a tablet with plenty of memory to hold all of your child’s favorite videos, music, games, etc. If you can find one with expandable memory, that’s even better. Expandable memory simply means that your device allows you to expand the memory capacity via a memory card.

Parental Controls: The ability to control the websites and apps your child has access to, as well as how long they can use the tablet, is a big feature consideration for most parents. The wonderful thing about parental controls is that as your child matures you can adjust restrictions to allow them more digital freedom.

Durability: Look for tablets with robust build quality. Models with rubber cases or rugged exteriors can withstand drops, spills, and rough handling, which are inevitable with children.

Battery Life: Opt for a tablet with a long battery life, ideally one that can last through a day of use. This is particularly important for travel or when a charging source isn’t readily available.

With these features in mind, a great tablet to get is the AT&T amiGO Tab JrTM. It runs on the and comes with a rugged case featuring a built-in kickstand for durability. Boasting 64GB and memory storage that can expand up to 1TB, means plenty of room for all their favorite videos, games, and apps. The long battery life provides hours of fun and the 4GB RAM means smooth performance.

The amiGO Tab JrTM  also features communication and location tracking through the AT&T amiGO™ app with additional parental controls through Family Link. The amiGO app comes pre-installed on the tablet, but parents also need to download the app to their smart phones. Once downloaded, link your app to the tablet. SafeZone is one of the app’s amazing features. It allows parents to receive a notification when the tablet enters or exits a geographical area.

We know that choosing a tablet or any smart device for your child is a big decision. With the tips we’ve provided in hand, we know you’ll find the right device for your kiddo.

This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Jia Thomas, an AT&T employee and TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

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