As with any piece of electronic equipment, it usually isn’t long until a children’s version is available, and headphones are no different, there are tons of headphones for kids currently on the market in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Are Headphones Safe for Kids?
One question to be dealt with before looking at any models or uses is a moral and parenting question, are headphones even safe to be used for children? An amazing study has shown that some headphones on the market are effectively louder to our ears than being a meter way from a chainsaw, and more than double the volume of conversational speech. As you may already know, whatever our age, we are at risk of damaging our hearing permanently if we expose it to loud noises for any period of time. These little earbuds or pretty looking headphones may look pretty inconspicuous but they can be dangerous to your children. Precautions need to be taken.
Fortunately, a lot of the headphones on the market that are aimed at children have their volumes limited to avoid dangerous exposure to loud noises, in the models I have listed below there isn’t a great deal of need for concern.
Uses of Headphones for Kids
Headphones have a few different uses for children. The most popular are:
- Music – they might have a different taste in music to most adults, but kids love music just as much!
- Tablets or Personal DVD Players – Great for in the car, they’ll keep your kid entertained for hours and with headphones you won’t even hear a peep.
- Audio Books – Not very traditional but audio books are a big hit for kids who love stories.
Recommended Children’s Headphones
Pretty in pink – these headphones are nice and affordable, as well as being low in volume so safe for sensitive children’s ears. Probably a lot more popular among girls due to their design, these headphones are designed for around 8 years or older due to size.
Tiger headphones! What an amazing design. I couldn’t have thought of anything better than tigers on my ears as a kid, so any child you buy these for will love them!Califone make a lot more designs too including pandas. Your children will love showing these off to their friends. Again, lower in volume and offer isolation from other sounds to decrease the need for volume.
I don’t know a kid who doesn’t love Toy Story! It is amazing that kids can get almost everything branded with their favorite characters and these Toy Story Headphones are a great example of that, Buzz and Woody fans are sure to love these.
One for the boys, here, these amazing Batman headphones are a gadget in themselves as they fold up for easy transportation. If it were socially acceptable I may even have bought a set of these for myself!
A little something extra…
If you’ve got more than one kid this can be a great way to let them share an iPad and watch a video together or listen to the same music or audio book. Great for in the back of the car!
As you can see, there isn’t a great deal of risk involved in children’s headphones, and you can get some really cool models that children will love and are perfectly safe, plus they might even give you a valued few minutes of peace and quiet!