The secret to getting the best from your tech is to understand what each device can offer and how your child is likely to use it.
Here's a quick run down of the main specs you'll need to consider before making your purchase. But make sure you always check with your kids' school first, in case they have any restrictions that might affect your decision.
Size Obviously tablets are the most portable, but also the least powerful. Desktops are bigger but have more storage space and power.
Laptops offer a good middle ground, but if you just want a device for your child to search the web, stream music and watch videos, then a tablet might be enough. Older children who are becoming more skilled, might be more suitable for a larger device.
Of course devices can be synched, so if you have a desktop already at home, you can sync a child's device and let them enjoy the benefits of both.
Processor Essentially, this is a computer's brain and how fast it can think. Desktop, laptops and tablets all use different kinds of processor, with tablets being the least powerful and desktops the most powerful.
Web surfing, regular streaming and social media generally don't need much power. But programming, gaming and photo/video editing would require a bigger processor.
Hard disk This is your computer's storage - basically how much stuff you can keep on it. Hard drive memory is measured in gigabytes - GB. The higher the GB, the more you can store.
It's generally better to have more than less, although it can teach kids to clear up clutter and to keep only what they need. And with cloud storage and streaming, less space may not be a problem.