With online learning being pretty much the norm ever since the pandemic, there has been an ongoing quest to find the best tech gadgets that are suitable and safe for kids. Not only do kids have to get used to navigating through a digital curriculum, parents alike have to familiarize themselves with the whole process. Having the appropriate tech tools enhances your kiddos’ educational experience and helps to make online learning a whole lot easier. Here’s our curated list of the best tech devices for kids.
If you don't already have a laptop readily available for the kids, then getting an affordable one that doesn't break the bank might be a good idea to support your child's (or children's) digital learning experience. The light and compact IdeaPad Slim 1i (11) is designed to provide you reliable daily computing on-the-go with up to Intel® Pentium® processors and a long-lasting battery. What's more, you'll also experience robust media with its HD screen and Dolby Audio™ dual stereo speakers - perfect for kids to watch educational videos, participate in Zoom conferences, and more. What we love most? It's budget price tag!
Price: From SG$419
Where to get it: Lenovo Singapore Online
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet includes a Kid-Proof Case with a built-in stand. Enjoy the 7” display, faster processor, 16 GB internal storage, and up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, video watching, and music listening. Want more? Add a microSD card for up to 512GB of expandable storage. Best part, you can even create screen time limits, set educational goals, and filter content with easy-to-use parental controls.
Without having to toggle with wires, the JBL wireless Bluetooth headphones are a gem as they feature JBL's legendary sound and are designed to always limit the volume below 85dB making them super safe for little ones. Kids will enjoy a wireless connection up to 15 meters away and easy-to-operate controls that don’t need a grown-up's help. It also has custom-designed ear cushions and a headband with cool colors. Its 12-hour battery life and quick recharge (get 1-hour battery life with 10 minutes charge) are great for a day's lessons, plus the child-friendly control buttons make it easy and safe for children to operate. What's more, kids can personalize the headphones with the stickers set in the box to make them uniquely their own.
Price: SG$59 (Sale!)
Where to buy it: JBL Online Store
A leader in its field of all things tech, Logitech's affordably priced wireless mouse M235 is simple, sleek, and comes in a range of colors. The compact contoured design with soft rubber grips provides kids a comfy grip and is not too wide for smaller hands. Having a mouse makes digital learning easier without having to maneuver a laptop's touchpad. Kids can enjoy smooth cursor control, precise tracking, and easy text selection. Best part, you can go a full year without worrying about changing the batteries as the On/Off switch helps to conserve power and the smart sleep mode extends battery life.
Where to buy it: Logitech Online
A USB Flash Drive makes it handy for kids to store their work for either upload or to download all important lesson materials. It's a nifty device to have and it makes it easy for kids to also learn the importance of backing up documents as well as how to transfer and share files. Available in capacities up to 128GB, this USB drive is extremely portable too. Transferring data onto the Cruzer Blade USB Flash Drive is easy: simply plug it into your computer's USB port and drag files into the drive's folder. After a fast, first-time driver download, this USB drive lets you start storing, transporting, and sharing your data immediately.
Price: Triple Pack SG$25
Where to buy it: Hachi Tech Online
3M™ patented Polarizing Light Filter Technology solves the problem of glare and lessens the occurrence of tired eyes. The polarizing filter featured in their table lamps allows only comfortable light to pass through and converts all bad light into comfortable light thus reducing the amount of glare reflected on a reading surface. Available in mint or pink, the Cappello Polarizing Light is a cute addition to your kid's study desk. It features 5 levels of brightness, timer indicator, and is easily adjustable to the most suitable angle.
Where to buy it: 1HomeShop.sg
For reading longer texts, the all-new Amazon Kindle Kids Edition frees your kids from games, ads, or videos; that means zero distractions, just pure reading. This is especially useful for loading up texts and materials that your kids might need to refer to while having online lessons or viewing educational vids. With the included year of FreeTime Unlimited, kids can explore thousands of popular titles and series, including Harry Potter, The Boxcar Children, and more. Do note that a US VPN is required for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and subscriptions or other payments may be required to access some channel content. Stocks run out fast. To purchase original Kindle models instead, visit SG E-Readershop.
From reading to doodling, MyFirst Sketch is ultra-portable and hardy, great for kids to quickly take down notes during online lessons, scribble ideas, or just doodle. It features a large sketching area with an LCD screen with a zero delay writing experience. It comes with a stylus for pressure-sensitive sketching and it's reusable with a one-key eraser. There's also a lock switch to prevent accidental drawing and offers up to 2 years of battery life or 50,000 erases! Available in 8.5", 10" and 12".
Price: SG$14.95 - SG$15
Where to buy it: MyFirst Online