Should I buy my kid an electric scooter?

Electric scooters, or e-scooters, have become popular toys and transportation for kids. However, as a parent, it is important to consider your child’s age, size, coordination and responsibility level before purchasing an e-scooter. While e-scooters can be a fun recreational vehicle for some kids, they may not be suitable or safe for all children.

Age and size appropriateness

Most electric scooter manufacturers and experts recommend a minimum age of 8 years old to operate an e-scooter. For kids 8-12 years old, look for a scooter with a maximum speed of 6-8 miles per hour and avoid more powerful models. Kids must be able to comfortably reach handlebars and footrests and have full control of the scooter. Smaller wheeled scooters are best for younger, smaller riders. Kids under age 8 should not operate any motorized scooter.

Safety gear

Safety gear like helmets, elbow and knee pads are essential for kids of any age riding an e-scooter. Helmets should meet safety standards for cycling or skateboarding. Reflective and high-visibility clothing is also a good idea when kids are riding. Parents should require kids to wear safety gear each and every time they ride for maximum protection.

Responsibility level

Kids must demonstrate a certain level of responsibility to properly and safely operate an e-scooter. Parents should evaluate if their child will follow rules regarding when and where to ride, speed limits, charging and maintenance responsibilities before allowing them to use an e-scooter. Kids who ignore rules may not yet be suited for an e-scooter.


While many kids will have a fun and safe experience with e-scooters, they are not ideal for all children. Carefully evaluate your child’s age, size, safety consciousness and responsibility level to determine if they are ready. For kids who are not quite ready to handle an e-scooter themselves, consider a bike trailer, tandem scooter or tricycle as an alternative. With patience and practice, kids can build up their skills and confidence to transition to an e-scooter when the time is right.

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