It seems our homes and schools are accumulating more technological devices every day and each one comes with its own set of cords. Headphones or earbuds can help us keep the peace while letting our children or students enjoy their audio and with a few easy steps, everyone can stay safe and happy.
The simplest method is to do without the cord altogether. With wireless technology the best it has ever been, virtually every machine can successfully connect to a pair of headphones with either a USB plug-in or Bluetooth capability. The only limitation a teacher or parent should consider here is the age of the child. If they’re still too young to grasp the concept of setting up connectivity, you’re going to need to move their headphone connection around for them. Children will enjoy the responsibility of being able to use their headphones on their own, so teaching them how to use them will help them become independent.
Not all children’s headphones come with the same type of cord. Plastic cords can get tangled faster than other materials. This is because the plastic has a much higher amount of friction than other materials, causing it to grab onto clothes and other parts of the cord without letting go unless pulled. Other models, however, shield the wires with a woven material mesh. This protective casing is designed to be far less entangling. Even if it does end up in some sort of knot, it’s much easier to undo.
While many headphones only have one cord coming out of one side, there are a surprising number of kid’s headphones that use two cords coming down out of each ear. This is understandable with earbuds, but makes no sense with headphones. Kids are active and with two cords, you’ve just doubled the chance that they will get themselves entangled. There’s also a much higher risk of them accidentally ripping the wires out as they try to free themselves. All in all, there’s really no good that comes from the two cord design for children.
If you cannot avoid a two-cord headphone or just want to avoid any possible problems, sit them down and give them some rules of headphone use. Help them understand what can happen if they are not mindful of their cords while using their devices. Make it a fun learning experience while teaching them to respect their device and headphones. If you want to take it a step further, teach them about more than just cord safety. Talk to them about the science behind headphones and sound. By taking the initiative, you can avoid any possible problems with tangled cords.