The summer has come to an end, and the kids (however old) are heading back to school, college, or are flying the nest to go to university. Whether you’ve got young children, pre-teens, or teenagers; their need for some kind of tech, seems to get stronger each year, and it can be difficult to keep up with what to buy them. However, it’ll be the teenagers in your home who can seem like the most demanding regarding what they want, so it’s good to give them a clear idea of what and why you’re buying them something. Aside from a PS4 or Xbox, which are purely entertainment based gadgets; there are a few things you might want to consider investing in for your (hopefully) grateful teen. And, if they are heading away from home, you’ll know that they have all they need to keep up with coursework, and they have the means to stay in contact with you (when they remember).
Perhaps a voucher or some money towards an item is the perfect way to ensure your teenager is growing up and appreciating what they have; if they’ve bought it themselves, or contributed to it, they’re more likely to take great care of their tech. You can still put things on your household insurance, but they don’t need to learn about that just yet; it’s about giving them plenty of responsibility from now on so that they can continue to grow into mindful young adults. The following are some ideas for parents who want to invest in beneficial technology and equipment with their teenagersfor their future ahead.
1. A Laptop
Aside from YouTube, computer games, and social media; laptops can actually be excellent tools for research, study, and revision. Therefore, if you teen is reaching an age where they’re going to have to take exams or do coursework; a laptop could be a smart investment. You can help them find a find a cheap deal on their internet if they’re moving out, or already have, or ask them to contribute if they are still living and studying at home.
Make sure they contribute to the cost of their new tech so that they look after the equipment and you won’t be buying a new one this time next year. You can get a great refurbished model online, in stores, or on online auction sites, so do your research and shop around be your buy anything. You’ll be able to install parental controls and block anything that’s unsuitable for your teen on the internet; this will give you peace of mind and keep your child safe. Now, you just need to encourage them to get to the library more often, which might be a challenge!
2. A Phone
Smartphones are a great way to ensure that you have regular contact with your teenager whenever they go out, and especially when they’ve moved away. They can send you a message to let you know they are okay, or if they need picking up from somewhere (which is more than likely to happen). With the tracking technology; you’ll be able to keep track on whereabouts your child is at any time, which might help alleviate some of your parental worries.
It’s worth checking out sites who can provide you and your teen with some affordable smartphone options and some great deals. Make sure that your son or daughter is willing to contribute towards their phone, and understands that they need to look after such a long-term investment. If your kids are at the age where going out with friends on their own is a familiar part of life; a smartphone is essential for their safety, so why not ensure they’ve invested in one.
If your teen is about to leave the family home, they’ll be started a new life, and will need to be fully equipped for work, and let’s face it; play. Therefore, it’s worth thinking about all the accessories and add-ons that will contribute to their new lifestyle. Headphones are a great parting gift, and they’ll be able to listen to music as they head to and from lectures, and even in the library. You might also want to consider things like small scanners and printers, which will make their life a little cheaper and easier in the long run.
Investing in the right tech is the perfect way to give them something they’ll appreciate and utilise equally. You’ll have a bit more peace of mind that they have all they need to flourish in their new environment too.