Review: Safe, Cool Headphones for Kids

Kids are on their iPhones and iPads all the time, and often with earbuds or headphones made for adults. The folks at BuddyPhones specialize in headsets for kids. They have numerous models, wired and wireless, traditional and water resistant. I checked them out at CES and they gave me the BuddyPhones Play ($49.99) to try.

The earcups have comfortable cushions suitable for kids with smaller ears than adults. They are also sold in kid-friendly colors like pink, light blue, army green, and yellow. Most importantly, they have volume-limiting capabilities to protect the hearing of your little ones. In fact, you can set the volume level to 75 dB for toddlers, 85 dB for kids, or 94 dB for noisy environments like airplanes.

The Wireless Bluetooth model offers 14 hours of battery life, which is quite competitive. And when you can't or don't want to go wireless, they have a wired option, with a splitter option so two can share in the audio. Another kid-friendly feature is the set of fun stickers included! Lots of us decorate our laptops with stickers, so why not our headphones? At $50, they are probably on the higher end of what you might buy your kids, but you can find them about $10 cheaper at Amazon.


  • Comfortable cushions
  • Kid-friendly colors and size
  • Volume-limiting capabilities
  • Wireless Bluetooth or wired splitter option
  • Fun stickers!


  • Pricey, but cheaper at Amazon

Final Verdict

If you want wired or wireless headphones for your kids, that protect their ears and that they will actually want to use, check out the BuddyPhones headsets.

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Author Details

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.