With schools about to reopen, the back-to-school preparations are in high gear. Whether you will be sending your child back to a physical classroom setting or homeschooling, there are some items that are must-haves for virtual learning. One of these being a tablet or laptop. If you’re looking for something that’s inexpensive or more compact, then a tablet might be a better option. We’ll be taking a look at some of the best tablets to meet your child’s needs as they get ready to head back to school!

Tablets for Children 12 and under:

Yes, age plays a huge role in deciding on the best tablet to purchase. Some tablets, such as the Amazon Fire, are programmed to have a child-safe mode. This allows parents to set up an account for their child or children that they can manage from their own account. Parents are able to control what apps they install, how long they spend on it and can feel more assured that they will less likely be subject to virtual threats. 

The, Alcatel Tkee Mini offers a child-safety feature to protect children, while monitoring the time they spend using their tablet. They have gone even further to add Kidomi, a child-friendly platform that provides thousands of educational apps and games to keep them learning in a fun way. 

Though more than the others, the Samsung Tab A is a great choice and investment. Maintain a virtual connection by connecting other Samsung devices to the tablet, to easily share content. This is especially useful for children who will be exclusively homeschooled as it allows parents to send activities across devices.

Tablets For Children 12 and over

For older children, they may need to spend more time in front of the screen. A tablet like the Lenovo Tab M7 withs a TÜV®-certified display cuts back on harmful levels of blue light and helps to protect their eyes. It is compact, making it easier to transport between home and school or homeschool field trips if needed. 

The Apple iPad 10.2 offers many of the features of a computer with a compact and easy to manoeuvre design. If your child isn’t already an Apple user it might take some time to get used to the differences between an iOS and Android device. While the iPad only uses apps specifically designed for it in the App store, most common apps have both an Android and iOS version. The iPad is perhaps the best choice for creative minds - those teens and young adults who are in visual arts. In addition to a clear, crisp camera, it comes equipped with an Apple pencil that allows users to draw pixel-perfect images. 

Another great option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8. Since the Tab 8 is not equipped with a child-safe feature, it is more suitable for older, more mature users. It has 512 GB of expandable memory allowing users to add as much content and apps as they might need for school. It has a large screen which makes it easier to have virtual lessons or do assignments. 

Whichever device you choose we hope that it helps you and your children have a more productive school year!