~I received Kidz Gear Headphones for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Technology is here and I am a mom that fully embraces it. Sure too much of anything can be a bad thing but in moderation I think it is just great. I am especially pleased with the number of educational things that are continually coming out. Each of my girls have an iPad mini full of educational apps and I normally put a few kid movies on them too. We mainly use them in the car or in waiting rooms to keep their little minds occupied. With owning iPads I am a firm believer in kid safe headphones. That means ones that limit the max volume. I have two kids so listening to two iPads at the same time would drive me crazy, this way they can both listen independently. Kidz Gear is the maker of award-winning headphones using grown-up performance but built for kids. Their newer deluxe headset includes a microphone for a full audio experience.
The use of a microphone is super handy and needed with a lot of educational materials. My daughter’s kindergarten class has headphones with microphones on them for each of their computers. Lots of software need students to speak back as part of the learning process such as programs for foreign language, ESL tests, audio lessons, phonetics, music study, home schooling, video creation, and more. They are compatible with all devices that use a 3.5mm (1/8”) audio jack and support microphone use such as iPads and computers. The mic is on a flexible boom so it can easily be moved around and can be turned to put at the top of the head when not in use.
All Kidz Gear wired headphones feature the proprietary KidzControl Volume Limit Technology. The technology works by “limiting” the volume to approximately 80% of the maximum volume output capable from audio devices in the market today. For me this feature is an absolute must for my kids to help loud music from being directly pumped into their delicate ears. According to Big Sis the ear cups are very padded and “super comfy.” She would absolutely be the first to complain about something hurting her so they must feel good on her ears. As I squished the ear pieces with my hands they felt nice and soft. I have a very large head so I am unable to actually put them on my head.
I highly suggest investing in a carry bag and teaching your kids to put their headphones away when not in use. The Kidz Gear carrying case is nice with a soft interior and pull strings to close it. We have lost several pairs of headphones when the automatic doors to my mini van sliced the cords. If you have two kids sharing one device then you can also purchase a splitter cable. This way the piece plugs into the device then each child plugs into that so they can both listen on their own headphones and watch at the same time.
These are incredibly nice headphones and at a fabulous price. I no longer have to listen to Big Sis begging to use my headphones which are way more expensive and not something I lend out to anybody. Currently available in blue, pink, and grey. They also make a pair without the microphone in case you don’t need that feature. So far I am beyond pleased with this brand and I enjoy listening to Big Sis repeat back her phonics lessons into her mic. These headphones keep the peace on car trips!