Looking for the best tablet for kids with exceptional controls for parents? There’s only one real choice. Read on for a great deal!
Over the summer I wrote a review on Laptop Mag of the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition from Amazon. It is absolutely the best option if you want to get a kid his or her own tablet. The Kids Edition Fire tablet itself is the real deal, the same Fire tablet that you can buy without the additional kid features. So what do you get with the Kids Edition? Basically three things: a kid-proof case, a two-year no-questions-asked replacement warranty (I know people who’ve had to use it – they said it really was that easy), and a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s library of over 15,000 books, games apps, videos, and more – all curated and age-appropriate. If you want lots and lots of details, please read my full review over on Laptop.
So why am I writing about this now, when I already reviewed it? I mentioned it on last week’s episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast, when we were talking about why you shouldn’t be afraid of screen time for your kids. And when I was writing the episode up for our website I noticed that they were running an incredible deal: if you buy two of these Kids Edition tablets, you save $65! Have two kids who need Christmas presents? Save $65! Or if you only need one you could go in on it with a friend and each save $32.50! It brings the price of these amazing tablets under $100. But keep in mind I have NO IDEA how long this deal is going to last.
If you do decide to buy one (or two!), I have some additional resources up on Laptop Mag specific to the Kids Edition: one article about Parental Controls and one about setting up Child Profiles. I get a lot of questions about these because it seems like they would be the same thing, but they’re not. It’s a little complicated, but I break it down for you so that you can configure the tablets exactly how you want them for your kids. And if you’re already sharing a Fire tablet with a child, you’ll find those articles especially useful, since you can wall off your part of the tablet.
If you’d like to learn more about kids and screen time from VP of PBS Kids Digital Sara DeWitt, you can listen to the interview we had with her right here:
This Episode’s Links
3 fears about screen time for kids, and why they’re not true – Sara DeWitt’s TED Talk
How To Configure Parental Controls On Your Fire Tablet, by Amy Oztan – Laptop Mag
How To Create A Child Profile On Your Fire Tablet, by Amy Oztan – Laptop Mag
Parents Who Pay To Be Watched, by Kim Brooks – New Yorker Magazine