Can a toy drone really teach your kid responsibility? If you do it right, yes! There are several rules and regulations you must follow when flying a drone, even recreationally.
Most of them are common sense like:
- Don’t lose sight of the drone
- Do not interfere with other people flying actual aircraft
- Don’t fly over people or moving vehicles
However, some of them might not be so obvious. Anyway, this could be a great bonding moment for you and your child to learn all of the rules.
It can also teach them that there is much more to flying a drone than just zipping through the air.
Another way a toy drone could teach your kid responsibility is that most likely, they will need to perform maintenance on the drone. These drones are lightweight so they can fly easily, which means they are not the most durable toys. It is not uncommon for a propeller to break after a hard landing.
Most of these come with spare parts, however, you may need to invest in a few more to limit any potential downtime. The propellers usually just come on and off with a screwdriver.
The motors are also not built to last long so as they burn up from time to time, they will need to be replaced when this happens. Again, they are easily swapped out. The good thing is that these spare parts are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of the drone.
What To Look For In Your First Drone
There are a few main features to watch out for when buying your kid their first drone. After that, you can look for more advanced flying features depending on your budget.
The most important feature to check out is the battery life. This will range from 5-8 minutes on most toy drones. However, some can go as high as 15 minutes. The battery life will determine the flight times and how many spare batteries you will need.
The reason for spare batteries is that they can take 1-2 hours to charge. So, you don’t want to take your drone out to the field just for 5 minutes of flight time just to have to turn around to re-charge. Batteries are cheap so you can grab plenty of extras.
Range is another important feature. If you have a younger kid than the range probably isn’t too important but as they get older they will want to fly further to test the limits. However, don’t push them too far!
If the drone loses contact with the remote it can fly off on its own and depending on your surroundings, it may never be found again. The range on these toy drones usually ranges from 50-100 meters. 100 meters should be plenty of room to work with for most kids. As you get into higher end models the range can get into the miles!
These are obviously just a couple things to look for, check out the infographic below to learn more about toy drones and even see a few recommendations.