Your child probably is already asking you about buying them a new drone!
There is no denying it, drones are a lot of fun. Drones are a great toy for kids, and there are lots of options to choose from. Even if your child is very young, there is probably a drone you can play with together.
There are a number of great models for youngsters. Before you dive too deep into the specifications of a particular drone, it is important to consider a few basic things.
One: Age of Your Child
You might be surprised to know that there are many inexpensive drones on the market. We don’t have any firm guidance in term of minimum age for piloting drones. If your child is under 10 years old, it is a really good idea to think about buying a drone with a collision avoidance system.
Young kids love to be silly, but smaller drones are easy to break. Also, you might end up getting hit in the head with your child’s new drone without a collision avoidance system. The good news is that many inexpensive drones have good collision avoidance systems.
Two: Where Are You Going to Use The Drone?
Drones rely on motors to keep in the air, and some of the smaller ones just can’t deal with wind. If you are planning to let your child use their drone in the house, or outside in nice weather, small drones are a good option.
If you want your young drone pilot to be able and fly outside, the prices go up. You also may have to register your drone with the aviation authorities in your country, depending on the local laws.
Believe it or not, there are lots of great drones for small spaces. A good collision avoidance system makes sure that the drone could even be used in an apartment without any major danger.
Three: Think About Features
Drones can do a lot of cool stuff. The more a drone can do, the more it will generally cost. One of the most fun things that drones can do is take pictures. Your child will probably love making pictures with a drone, but drones that have built-in cameras cost a bit more.
There are also numerous kinds of cameras that are built into drones. Some offer decent image quality, but the more image quality you want, the more you have to spend. Drones with cameras are also physically larger, which may be an issue for indoor drone use.
Some drones are also made to do tricks automatically, which is great for a child. Be sure to check on what is included with the drones you research. Sometimes the controllers are sold separately, which is a real bummer if you didn’t know it beforehand.
Four: How Long Will Your Child Use the Drone?
If your child has never used a drone before, it might be a good idea to start off with a cheaper model and see if they like using it. Spending a small amount of money up-front to find out if your child loves drones is probably a smart move. Depending on how it goes, you can always upgrade later.
Five: How Much do You Want to Spend?
Drones can be bought for well under $100, and go into the tens of thousands of dollars. Clearly, the first drone you buy for your child shouldn’t cost a fortune. There are many small drones that are sold as a packaged with a controller, which are great first drones for anyone.
If you find that your child loves their little drone, and wants to keep going with drone piloting, buying a more robust drone is easy. Unlike most toys, drones are being used as professional tools, so getting your child some experience with them isn’t a bad idea.
Drones Are a Lot of Fun
Your child will probably love whatever drone you buy for them.
If you have ever seen children with flying toys they control, you probably understand this already. Just be sure to research the drone you choose, so you get exactly what you think would be a good fit for your child.
Remember to look for a drone with a good collision avoidance system!