Raise a Smart Child: 5 Best Tablets for Children

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Can’t get to use your own iPad? Then it’s time to get your child his own. As much as you try to limit your child’s screen time, tablets have become a staple in most households. They can be used recreationally to surf the Web, stream Netflix and play games or for educational purposes such as reading. And now that the Easter holiday is over, it’s time to get into serious school business. You can help your child handle school work seamlessly by providing one of these great educational devices. But putting technology in the hands of kids can be dangerous, for many reasons, which is why it is important to choose the right tablet for their needs. Is it durable enough for your preschooler? Does it have the proper parental controls for your pre-teen? Is it powerful enough for your teenager? To save you some stress, check out these top tablet picks to keep your children educated and entertained.

Amazon Fire HD 8
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Price: from N57,400
Best for: Primary and teens
Buy from: Jumia.com.ng
The eight-inch Amazon Fire tablet may just be the best tablet for children, thanks to its durability, parental controls and great battery life. This handy device for children ticks a lot of the right boxes: It has a beautiful, 1280 x 800 (189 ppi) display, 32GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card) and 12 hours of battery life. These factors combined make it a far more than just a toy, but rather a worthy educational device.  

On top of that, the Amazon Fire has extensive parental controls that let you manage up to four individual profiles. You can set bedtime curfews, restrict screen time, limit access to age-appropriate content and even block Angry Birds until reading has been completed.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Kids Lite 7

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Price: from N39,000
Best for: Primary school children
Buy from: Jumia.com.ng

Primary school can be a defining time for children as they begin to explore their interests, and this Samsung tablet helps nurture those interests by providing educational content aligned with STEM and common core curriculums. The tablet comes with a library of games, books and videos from kid-friendly companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Sesame Street, National Geographic and more. With the simple parental controls, you can set time limits, limit app access and monitor your child’s progress on the dashboard.
The tablet has a seven-inch screen backed by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of onboard memory (expandable up to 32GB) and runs Android 4.4. It has a rear-facing camera for taking pictures but lacks a front-facing one. Still, its durable bumper case and nine-hour battery life might be enough to sway you.
Apple iPad with WiFi

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Price: from N189,000
Best for: Teens
Buy from:  Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng
The Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad makes an excellent option for teens. Although it’s a bit on the pricey side compared to others on this list, it has a flawless 2048 x 1536 Retina display, plus an A9 processor with 64-bit architecture and an M9 motion coprocessor. Together they team up to make streaming Netflix, playing games and browsing the Web a breeze. Worried about too much screen time? Apple has a nifty Night Shift mode that ditches the blue hues believed to disrupt sleep if used right before bedtime.

If your teen already has an iPhone or use a Mac at school, he or she will feel instantly at home using the iOS software. If not, it’s intuitive nonetheless and has a vast selection of apps, both educational and not-so-educational. It has a decent rear-facing eight-megapixel camera and a less-impressive 1.2-megapixel front camera, which is disappointing because it could be a great tool for FaceTiming, but selfies are better suited for smartphones anyway.  
Lenovo Tab 4

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Price: from N65,000
Best for: Pre-Teens
Buy from: Jumia.com.ng
Website: www3.lenovo.com
When your child has outgrown the bumper-clad tablets but isn’t quite ready for his or her own yet, the Lenovo Tab 4 makes a great option because it’s fit for the whole family. The add-on kid’s package includes a shock-resistant bumper for drops and bumps, plus a blue-light screen filter and fun stickers. It’s also integrated with curated, kid-friendly content, scheduling tools to limit use and browsers that surf only whitelisted sites.

But no matter your age, you’ll appreciate its brilliant eight-inch HD display, speedy quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and impressive 20-hour battery life. And if you will mainly be using it to watch movies and TV shows, you’ll love its two high-quality Dolby Atmos speakers for immersive sound.
LeapFrog Epic

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Price: N111,875
Best for: Preschoolers
Buy from: Jumia.com.ng
With great and interactive software and home screen, LeapFrog has your child in educational entertainment. The academy content is preloaded on its Epic tablet and the program grows along with your child, adding activities in areas he or she may need extra help in or more harder activities to keep him or her challenged.  
Although the software and interactive home screen are good, the hardware is a little disappointing for the money. The tablet runs Android 4.4 and has a multi-touch, 1024 x 600 screen, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory. It also has dual cameras to take pictures and record videos. And with its basic parental controls, you can set what, when and for how long your child can use the tablet, for up to three profiles.

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