What you should know:
So you want to buy your kid a drone – I salute you for this decision. Nowadays camera drones are literally everywhere and surely, kids want to have their own as well. And you can’t really blame them – who doesn’t want to have fun ? I definitely think that in 2017 one of the best presents for children is a toy drone, as it’s never too early to start practicing this awesome hobby.
But which drone is suitable for a kid? Have no worries, as we’ll cover the topic quite extensively and I’ll give you plenty of options to choose between, depending on your budget. The great thing about drones for kids is that we’re literally flooded with cheap models which can fit any budget, starting from $20 going all the way to $500 or even more, depending on how ambitious you are with your presents.
But before I get into the quadcopters themselves, I want to quickly address a few things you should know when it comes to drones for children:
Are kids allowed to fly drones?
Absolutely. No law says otherwise, and it all comes down to your responsibility as a parent to teach your child to fly a drone safely and enjoyably. However, there are a couple of safety tips that are important when it comes to kids flying a drone – make sure you follow them and talk about them with your kid.
Safety tips for kids flying a drone
- Tip #1: Supervise your children while flying – this comes without saying, but you should keep an eye on your young one as a safety precaution – you never know what might happen (Pro tip: spend time with your kid and actually teach him/her how to fly, it’s a great parent-child type of bonding)
- Tip #2: Only let your child fly a drone at suitable places – please don’t turn your kid into a younger version of Casey Neistat and don’t let it fly in public places. Use your backyard or a local park when there’s nobody around to prevent potential disaster.
- Tip #3: Abide the drone laws in your country – The laws for drone flying are for the most part very simple – you should stay away from airports (at least 5 miles away) and not raise the drone higher than 400 feet in the air. Check your local rules and regulations for drone flying to be sure what you can and what you can’t do.
What makes a drone suitable for a child?
To start off, not all drones are for outdoor usage only. Some smaller (and cheaper) models are perfectly capable of flying indoors, thanks to their tiny size. That means you can teach your kid to fly a drone without ever leaving the house and potentially harming anyone. That’s a great way to make sure your kid has enough skill to pilot a small drone before you potentially give him/her bigger/more powerful drone to fly outside.
A drone that would be a great option for a child is one that can be easily piloted and one that is solid and can take a beating, because it would probably be crashed many many times. Also, a good child drone would be one that can hold its altitude by itself – that means that when your kid lets go of the control sticks, the drone will still hover in place and not go down and fall on the ground. That ease of use is a must-have feature and thankfully, all the listed models below have that feature built-in.
So, long story short – a good drone for a child is one that is solid, sturdy, easy to use/fly and hopefully not too expensive.
That being said, I’ll list some of the best indoor and outdoor drones for kids that fit this description and bring the most fun: