Thank you to Ante Tatarović, owner of Dronesglobe, a nice website about drones you should really pay a visit to, for providing this insightful article with many interesting aspects to consider on the topic of buying drones for kids.
With the holiday season being just around the corner, many parents are coming up with the perfect gift for their little ones. In the sea of awesome new toys that have hit the market in recent times, there are some of them that your kids will appreciate more than others. I am, of course, talking about drones here. The newly hyped tech gadgets that have found their place in millions of homes worldwide. Along with hoverboards, they are this summer’s tech trend and considering the fact that youngsters are rather influenced by trends, there’s a high chance your little ones most likely secretly wish for one as their Christmas gift…
How to find the best drone for my kid?
It may not seem so at first, but drone shopping can turn into a really frustrating scenario. Trust me, picking the right drone for your kids can be a really difficult task, especially if you are not so familiar with the standards when it comes to their specifications and jargon terms. If you are having any trouble with finding the perfect one, check out this list of best drones for kids. There, you will be able to find 10 awesome kid-friendly drones that won’t put that much strain on your wallet, while still being able to provide a lot of fun and amusement to your little ones. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s see why exactly should you buy your kids a drone… And why shouldn’t you do just that.
Set up some ground rules
Before you go out and buy a drone, you should first take a moment to think about the effects it could cause. As is the case with most other hobbies, drone flying needs to have rules. In addition to the FAA regulations for UAV flight, you should set up a couple of ground rules for your little ones as well. For example, no flying on week days, no flying after 10pm, no flying in early morning, no flying during rush hour (especially if you are living in an urban area right next to a busy street) and so on… I Think you got the point. Drone flight is a fun activity, sort of like playing video games or a good old round of catch in the playground. If your kid is not behaving very well, you forbid him from doing those activities, right? Well, this also works with drones as well. If your child doesn’t behave well in school or something like that, simply take away his drone controller until he improves his behavior. It’s that simple! Remember – rules are a great thing if carried out appropriately.
Keep in mind that drones do break!
Your kids drone might work perfectly fine for a good period of time… But a day will come when something stops working correctly and it will not necessarily be your kids fault. Drones, especially toy drones, are not exactly made out of military grade materials. They are easily breakable, especially if they hit the cold ground from more than a couple of feet. Now, keep in mind that there’s a ton of things that could result in this, meaning your kids may not be guilty for breaking their new toy. They’ll feel bad themselves without you standing over them and yelling at them because of it. In the best-case scenario, you should explain to your kids upon receiving the gift that drones do break. It’s quite a rare occurrence and as such should not be considered as the end of the world (although to your kids it might seem like so). Luckily, you can find a ton of spare parts for them on Amazon or other similar web marketplaces. You will have no trouble finding blades, guards, batteries and similar stuff that are most prone to breaking. They are usually quite cheap and will arrive to your doorstep in just a couple of days so there’s really nothing to worry about in case of a mishap.
Practice makes perfect
If you buy your kid a brand-new drone and he/she tries it out in the backyard and fails miserably, make sure to explain him that it’s not the end of the world! Even though toy drones are well known for providing their users with lots of flying assistance (that’s why they are more commonly known as beginner’s drones), things can still get quite tricky for your little ones… But with a bit of effort and a lot of practice, they can become the next Luke Bannister before you know it.
Make sure you watch your kid pilot his or hers drone from time to time. If you happen to notice significant improvements or amazing skills at such a young age, you should consider buying a premium one so that they can hone their skills at a higher level. Why? Well, if you didn’t know already, drone racing is a real thing nowadays, and there is no doubt that a couple of years from now it is going to evolve into a full-fledged sport. Same goes for eSports as well. They are considered as the two newest sport branches and are expected to become massive industries in the upcoming years. With this being said, if your kid shows great piloting potential and looks to be really interested in drone hobby, make sure you introduce him to drone racing. If he shows interest in that as well, then I’m afraid you will have to get your credit card out and buy a premium racing drone before it’s too late! ☺
With everything mentioned above in mind, I believe it is pretty clear that drones are great choice of gifts for the upcoming holiday season. As I said before, it can get pretty tricky when choosing the right one so you should better go and visit a couple of drone orientated sites before making up your mind.
By Ante Tatarović.
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