Kids love to play with the latest gadgets and toys. Even since the 80’s kids and even adults have enjoyed the hobby of RC (Radio Controlled) cars, helicopters and planes. These days the technology has advanced and we have a new generation of RC drones that come in many shapes, sizes and types.
So if you’re considering buying one of these fun toy RC drones for your kid then you should first stop and ask yourself some questions and then from the answers you will better know whether buying a drone, or not, is the best choice as well as hopefully, have more of an idea on what type of drone to actually buy them!
When it comes to flying drones around which can vary in size. Some are very small nanodrones and some are large octocopters. Some have a longer controller range than others and some have a longer battery life and more flight time. Some have cameras on them, some don’t. Some are very cheap and relatively inexpensive to replace, some drones are very expensive of course as they have high quality cameras on them and other high tech flight gear. The larger, heavier professional camera drones are probably not what you want someone very young and inexperienced to be flying around. So if you have a very young child you might want to consider the more smaller, fun sized nanodrones that are relatively cheap and cheerful but provide a pilot with 5-10 minutes of quick fun flying of the drone and let the pilot pull off 360 flips and mid-air rolls at the press of a button.
For more mature children or young teens, they may want something a little more sophisticated. While nanodrones that can do the 360 mid-air flips and rolls etc are appealing such as the Parrot Rolling Spider or the Hubsan Q4 Nanodrone. Even some of the larger sized quadcopters can do this and they usually have a fairly longer flight time and further control range including high quality HD cameras that can provide FPV (First Person View) in realtime back to the pilot onto a screen. Equally many good quality flying camera drones let you do FPV flying which provides an extremely unique and intense experience to the pilot especially when combined with FPV Googles which the pilot wears. Read more about best drone for kids.
Of course, smaller sized nanodrones are very cheap. Some are better than others and have more features and onboard tech that provide a smooth and stable flight. Some are meant just for flying only where as even some nanodrones can have cameras on them and have a flight time as long as that of big sized quadcopters which are a bit more pricier but have that longer flight time and more control of the drone. The only thing is with larger sized quadcopter drones is that of course unlike nanodrones if they hit something going very fast it can possibly do a little damage depending on what it hits, how fast it hit it and what angle etc. But nanodrones usually just hit and bounce rather than crumple as I’ve seen quadcopters do when hitting things at high speed.
They are just some of the things to consider. Likewise you should also be thinking about privacy. Both protecting your childs privacy and making sure he or she protects those of others too. While we are in less grey area when it comes to the law and regulations set for commercial private and public drone flight both in the UK and the USA, you should definitely brush up on these to make sure you know them before you give your child a drone to fly for Christmas, their birthday or any time. Whether it be a very small nanodrone that flies out of range and into someones garden or window, or whether it be a large camera quadcopter or octocopter multiroter camera drone that does the same. Usually for nanodrones, the window thing will be rare and your fun will be over as the battery goes flat before you do that, but with a big drone it can not always work out so well if you are an inexperienced drone pilot as so many other rookie pilots have found out the hard way!
Bare in mind that its not legal to fly a drone in a built up area in your city or local park where there are buildings or people within 500 meters of you. That you must not fly your drone in the area of airports or other governmental or public use buildings. And you must be in line-of-sight of your drone at all times. This means that you can see the drone with your own eyes from where you are controlling it. And you are not permitted to take photos or record video of people without their consent or knowledge or use it to breach their privacy in any other way as well. These are all pretty much common sense but its your responsibility to know before you fly.
What kind of drone does your kid want? Or what type of drone should you buy them if its a surprise for them? If they are a very young child then I’d suggest one of these toy like RC nanodrones. For older more mature kids go for something a bit more techy that has a camera on it. Small camera selfie nanodrones will be used by all the kids in the future anyway that will probably attached to their mobile phones and controlled on them as they are now.
What is your budget? Today you can buy a cheap nanodrone for around £20 that will be just as good as many of them out there today that give you a quick 5-10 mins of flight time. For a little more, you could buy one with a camera. For around £50 to £100 you can buy a high quality camera drone that has a lot of controller range distance and better flight time.