Our children are the future, and it’s looking like drones are going to be a part of that future. It is only natural that kids gravitate to this growing and exciting industry.
Whether it is your son or daughter, brother or sister, niece or nephew, cousin, there’s never a bad time to buy a drone!
In this article, I discuss some of the things that adults should consider when looking to buy a drone for a kid.
First, we are to discuss something to consider, then we will look at options for their drone.
Things to Consider When Searching and Buying the Drone
Why am I buying a drone for my kid? This is especially important when deciding on which drone you want to purchase. Has the child expressed an interest in drones or flying (manned or unmanned) as a career path? Or is it more of a surprise toy or something you assume they like?
The key reason being is that if the child sees it as a toy, they may fly it or for a couple of months, weeks, days, or even hours, and then it will sit and collect dust. In which case you may not want to buy a drone over $100 dollars.
Now if the child expresses a more long-term interest in flying, both manned or unmanned, than purchasing a higher quality drone can be viewed as an investment into your child’s future.
You also are going to want to be honest with yourself on how responsible your child is at this point in their lives. Because it’s easy to view a drone as a toy, but there is a lot of responsibility needed when operating these devices.
Drone Models to Check out.
Below are a couple of models to that I familiar with to check out, and that I am familiar with. For a more comprehensive guide check out this list by UAV Coach. A couple of things that following drones have in common is that they are portable, durable, and have return-to- functions and for the higher end models obstacle avoidance. In addition, the base price includes the remote controller as well.
Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone
Flight Time: 8-10 Minutes
Holy Stone was the first drone I ever purchased and learned to fly on. In fact the first day, I crashed it 10 times! That was over two years ago and it still works great. This drone is great for giving you’re a child a learning an inexpensive cost. Whether for the more interested or nonchalant child pilot this is a great all-around option.
Flight Time: 7-9 minutes
Syma is a drone company that comes that comes highly recommended as the first time from many drone professionals. Similar to the Holy Stone it is very durable and offers a return-to-home function, which helps to make sure your child drone gets back. in on piece.
Higher End Models
Flight Time: 16 minutes
The DJI Spark to me is one of the most underrated drones on the market, I have even used for paid gigs (due to its size). This small drone is considered a “selfie” drone, which is great for kids who have an interest in social media, blogging, and vlogging, it may come in handy when you need a good shot for your next family vacation.
This drone also offers cool applications and modes such as gesture mode (using hand motions to control the drone). It also has obstacle avoidance which can prevent a crash from happening.
DJI Mavic Air
Flight Time: 21 Minutes
For more serious teens and pre-teens, the DJI Mavic Air is the way to go. It offers the highest video resolution at 4k and has the best flight time of 21 minutes.
What I like the most about this drone is its durability. The drone has a very tough outer shell that protects the camera gimbal as well. Outside of landing in water or getting ran over, I don’t see anything totaling this drone.
And lastly, the wings are foldable, making it one of the most portable drones on the market.
Flying Guidelines for that Your Child Should Adhere to
While I am in no position for how a parent or guardian should supervise their child, below is a quick guideline on what you and your child should consider while enjoying drone flight.
Don’t Fly Indoors or in Backyards.
While it’s tempting to fly your drone indoors (especially if just unwrapped it for Christmas), do not fly your drones indoors. I don’t even fly my drone in the house, for a beginner flyer you’re asking for a crash, property damage or hurting somebody.
Also stay away from backyards, disregard if you have a very large backyard. Backyards can be tempting because “Hey! At least I’m outside!”, however, flying a drone in a backyard is a quick way to lose your new gadget or have it end up on your neighbor’s roof or backyard (for your sakes I hope they don’t have a big dog!).
Find an Open Area
The best remedy to this is to find an open area such as a park or maybe a beach. This will not only help them increase their flight proficiency but in the event of a crash the damage will be minimal and it will be easy to recover the drone.
Monitor Them When They Fly
In any case, it is best to monitor your child, especially in the beginning. You do not need to be a retired manned pilot to spot when your child is being reckless with their new gadget.
While it’s fairly easy to buy a drone, I consider flying a drone to be a privilege. And in order to enjoy this privilege, one must be responsible at all times. Whenever I fly children are the most interested or show the most excitement so I look forward to working with and mentoring these same pilots in the future.