The best phones and tablets for
kids and teenagers
For everyone from first-time users to more tech-savvy young people, we’ve got some great options that can be tailored to their needs – backed up by advice to keep them safe. We’ll help parents, guardians and children with what can seem a daunting challenge – picking the right phone or tablet.
For advice and guidance on your child’s online life and how to have meaningful conversations at home about phone and internet use, we recommend our Digital Parenting Magazine
Back to the future
Your kids won’t remember the Nokia 3310 from the first time round – but with a basic camera, FM radio and long battery life, it makes a perfect starter phone. And the sharp screen and traditional keypad mean it's a simple, reliable way to stay in touch.
Keep tabs on them
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1) comes with Kids Mode 4.0 – a brilliant way to manage the content children can view, and set time limits. It makes sure your little explorers don’t go places they shouldn’t online. A compact, stylish and super-high resolution tablet, it’s ideal for sharing with the whole family.
High speed, low price
The Vodafone Tab speed 6 might be ideal as a young person’s first tablet – boasting all the benefits of a more premium model without the price tag. A generous 16GB memory will give them space for photos, videos and more. It’s also a good model to get for school work.
Good to know
Tech it to the next level
For many school-age kids, mobile and tablet technology is already second nature. So it makes good sense for parents to keep up with the latest trends in phones, apps, and more – take a look at our Digital Parenting Magazine for information on how to ensure your child is using the internet safely.
Have the chat
There’s no substitute for talking. From cyber-bullying to adult material, we’d encourage parents to speak to their child about potential online threats in a way that’s appropriate for their age group. It might not be an easy conversation to have, but it could make a real difference – and they might know more than you realise.
Stay in control
Content control prevents under-18s from accessing inappropriate websites and content – we’d recommend double-checking parental control settings when your child gets a new phone.
Smart phone or something simpler? Take some time to think about how advanced you want your child’s phone to be. For younger children, a basic starter phone with limited options might make better sense. They may want the latest gadget to keep up with friends, but what avenues will this open up, and are they child-friendly? Do your research to make an informed decision.
Play as they go
Pay as you go phones are a great springboard for youngsters, helping them to control their spending and usage. Big Value Bundles on Pay as you go give a specified allowance of data, minutes and texts that renews each month, with no danger of unexpected bills – a bit like pocket money for your child’s phone.