With the gift season well and truly behind us it might seem an odd time to start bringing up a topic about drone usage for kids – as lets face it, it will usually be the parents doing the buying here.
However, as drones were such big business in 2017 and with the trend looking to continue in 2018, the question of whether drones should be used by children crops up quite often. Second to that, if they are appropriate then which are the best ones to buy and for what purpose should they be used?
Drones in Business
Drones in business are used much more commonly these days than they were perhaps 18 months to two years ago. The roofing industry and agricultural businesses use them quite often for surveying purposes. Delivery by drones is a service that is being tested by huge companies such as Amazon and Dominos – I mean, imagine getting your pizza air delivered just minutes after being cooked!
Most children’s toys play an important part in the development from child to adult and most toys offer developmental benefits in some capacity. Businesses benefit from this as the playing and exploring that is done during childhood and adolescent years helps to prepare our young people for the business world of the future – therefore, it stands to reason that if drones and aerial technology is going to play an important role in business 5, 10, 20+ years from now then it makes good sense for our young people to be familiar with this technology.
How Young Is Too Young?
This is not really for us to say or judge and the responsibility will mostly come down to the adult responsible for the child. From a manufacturer point of view the recommended age is generally 14+ although some manufacturers do have lower recommended ages.
Our tip here is to start small and cheap and then work up to drones that carry a bit more punch but also carry more risks in terms of size and weight.
Knowing which are good drones for kids is not easy and with new drones being released almost by the day (and certainly by the week) it can be a minefield when choosing one. For your first foray in to ownership it is definitely worth opting for something well under 250g (over will require registration and will be subject to new laws). The new DJI Tello which launches March 2018 is an excellent example of a drone that has many safety features but also some excellent features such as being able to take off from throwing it from your palm and an excellent camera – this will keep the teenagers very happy whilst allowing them to explore tech that could also be useful in business.
Overall our assessment (which is just our opinion and not legal advice) is that drones are a great way of introducing kids to technology than help businesses in the future – but it is something that (like anything) should be approached with a sensible head and with caution and awareness for the law and the privacy rights of members of the public.
We love anything that helps young people transition from youth to maturity and drones probably do have a big part to play in that.