What's the right age to get my kid a tablet?

Tablets are a cinch to use and super portable, and they run a huge array of apps that engage kids' minds -- and sometimes their bodies -- in a variety of ways. Studies show that kids can learn from apps, and exposure to digital tools such as tablets and computers can provide a helpful boost, especially for kids with fewer overall resources. But so long as kids have some exposure to the digital world and a variety of learning opportunities in their lives, they don't need tablets.

Consider why you want to get the device. Is it to get them prepped for school? Is it to keep them entertained? Is it to let them practice their academic skills? Tablets can do all these things -- but they can't do them alone. Choosing quality apps geared toward your kids' ages, setting realistic expectations, and supporting your kids' learning both on -- and off -- the device are key.

A wide variety of tablets is on the market, including ones specifically made for young children. Things to look for include cost, ease of use, the variety and price of available apps, and longevity. You'll want something that, as much as possible, can grow a few years with your child.

Choosing and downloading apps is the fun part. Read reviews and watch demos, if they're available. Note how the apps engage your child. The interaction that tablets and well-designed apps offer kids -- including the ability to discover new things, follow their interests, satisfy their curiosity, and be rewarded for effort -- is what helps kids learn.

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Adult written by Aidanwade223

Kids shouldn’t get tablets until their 10 years old. They constantly view content that they’r not allowed to use, they’re not careful with them, they will probably put viruses on them, fight over it, spend too much time, and the blue light will cause some problems like sleeping habits. Kids should have no electronics at all until they’re 10 or they can play a device under adult supervision. I suggest to always use restrictions. When they’re young, get them a cheap tablet like a $50 Amazon Fire tablet. Don’t get them an expensive $800 iPad Pro.
Teen, 17 years old written by Thermalimploder

I would say not to get them one but to get a family one/ that isn't just theres. about age 6-8 would be good but with restrictions of course because it is a family one you can have select amounts of time all family members have on it. but it is god to learn how to use tech at a young age!
Parent written by Shannon P.

Given that Steve Jobs, who invented the iPad, did not permit his kids to use them or have one in the house, and sent his kids to a Waldorf (non-technology) school, that might answer your question.
Teen, 15 years old written by DhruvBalaji

There is no way little kids that young need tablets. I never got a tablet until I entered middle school. Get them a toy. And I can bet that they will develop nasty attitudes at an early age should they have a tablet. Wait until they are 7 or 8.
Teen, 17 years old written by Zane 1

Does a kid need tech that soon guys? Come on! I was out raking and mowing the lawn for fun. Look I didn't get a tablet until two years ago, and I still don't use it. If your kid has tech sooner, then they are probably gonna find out how to see porn on it sooner. See how I used a fa lacy there. Did it work? I hope so. Also ipads and android tablets all suck. Get them a laptop, much more useful.
Parent of a 12 year old written by Jack L.

No they should get android they are cheaper and better. I think around age 6 should be appropriate
Teen, 14 years old written by Umnothing

Samsung Tablets can do everything that Apple products do, the only thing that sets them apart is the price. Both brands have different weakneses and strengths, but if you're not looking for anything too pricey, but can still support plenty of games, Samsung is the best choice by far. There are also better Child Filter choices on Samsung, because you can set a passcode and in some cases, timers on certain apps.
Kid, 10 years old

5+ for kids tablets (Nabi, Kurio) and 10+ for regular tablets (Samsung Galaxy, Nook.) 13+ for Apple products. Apple products are very expensive for kids.
Kid, 11 years old

I agree. Also, limit the kids screen time to 2-3 hours a day and incourage them to go outside instead. Make them ask before using, and refuse sometimes.
Parent written by gamerdad711

I would say 8 or up for a regular tablet an 4 and up for a kid tablet you might want to put safety mode on youtube for regular tablets