With so many people opting to send their kids to cyber school this year, I thought I’d share a back to school guide focusing on teenagers going into virtual high school.  Some of these supplies are, at least in my opinion, absolute essentials. Others are just “really nice to have” items. All of them will help make their lives (and by extension, your life) easier in one way or another.

Back to Cyber School Shopping Lists for Teenagers

First, this isn’t mean to replace the list shared by your teen’s school, but rather a companion guide if you will. They’re all things my son has used when he was in REACH or will use when he starts cyber again in two weeks.

Also, the links below are affiliate links, so if you buy anything through them, I get a smidge of a commission at no extra charge to you.

Last note, I promise. You’ll notice that I left Chromebooks and laptops off the list. While this is definitely a major essential, your teen’s school will most likely supply it. Also, Amazon and Best Buy are almost completely sold out of every affordable model.  If you CAN find a good deal, I do like ACER Chromebooks quite a bit. I reviewed one back in 2017 that still works great.

 

1.Keyboard Cover

Keyboard cover

If you’re using a school-provided Chromebook, this is absolute essential. The last thing you want to do is pay out the wazoo for a ruined laptop, especially considering schools tend to charge more than the devices are actually worth. This one comes in a bunch of colors, but read the description to see which devices it doesn’t fit.

Keyboard Cover for Acer Chromebook Spin 11 311 C733 CP311 511 512/Chromebook 11 CB3-131 CB3-132 CP311 C738T CB5-132T/Chromebook Spin 713 CP713 R13 CB5-312T/Acer Chromebook 14 15 inch,Gradual Blue
  • 【!!!Compare Your keyboard layout with IMAGE 2 to see if can fit】Perfect fit for 2020/2019/2018/2017 Acer Chromebook Spin 11 311 CP311 511 11.6 /Chromebook Spin 512 12" /Acer Premium R11 11.6 / Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131 CB3-132 /Chromebook R 11 CB5-132T/ Acer Chromebook Spin 13 713 CP713 /Acer Chromebook R 13 CB5-312T /Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431 CP5-471 CB514 /Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 CB3-531 CB3-532 CB5-571 C910 CB515 Chromebook US Layout.
  • 【✘✘NOT Fit Acer Chromebook 15 with Numeric Keypad】The Cover Does Not fit 15.6" Acer Chromebook 315 series with Numeric Keypad and Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111, 13.3" Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311 and Any other brand chromebooks.
  • 【US KEYBOARD LAYOUT】Designed for US keyboard layout, you can distinguish: US TYPE: "Enter" key is a rectangle,like normal keys, EU TYPE: "Enter" key is like "7",shape not like other keys. Please do check your "Enter" key's shape avoid buying wrongly
  • 【ULTRA THIN & PREMIUM SILICONE MATERIAL】Amazing 0.12MM thickness, real THIN, maximize to restore the original typing experience. Made of Eco-Friendly silicone material.Perfectly fit for each keys with all-around protection. The latest design with every key individually molded to its unique color. Every key is printed on clear silicone for a long lasting professional look.
  • 【WASHABLE & REUSABLE】The chromebook silicone cover can be washed by soapy water and make it as clean as a new one. Just put it back on the keyboard when it get dry enough.

 

2. Ergonomic Laptop Stand

laptop stand

Sure you could just plop your teen’s laptop on the table and call it a day. An ergonomic stand is far more back- and neck-friendly, though. This one is highly rated and affordable.

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Nulaxy Laptop Stand, Ergonomic Aluminum Laptop Mount Computer Stand for Desk, Detachable Laptop Riser Notebook Stand Compatible with MacBook Air Pro, Dell XPS, More 10-16" Laptops - Gray
  • 【Heat Dissipation】 With the open back design it offers the best ventilation and airflow needed to cool either your notebook or gaming laptop and preventing it from Overheating. And the rubber pads and aluminum alloy acts as a thermal pad to take the heat of too.
  • 【Broader Compatibility】 Nulaxy C3 Laptop Stand is compatible with all laptops from 10-16 inches such as MacBook 12/ 13 MacBook Air 13 Macbook Pro 13/ 15 Google Pixelbook Dell XPS HP ASUS Lenovo ThinkPad Acer Chromebook and other notebook PC computer sizes between in 10-16 inches.
  • 【Ergonomic Riser】 The Laptop stand works as a riser to elevate the laptop screen to 7’’ and brings it to a perfect eye level to fix your posture. The ergonomic riser will help reduce neck and back pain, reduce eye strain creating extra space giving you the option to work without any clutter on your desk. Note: We suggest you to use an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse because our testing showed that it might be a little wobbly while you type on the laptop keyboard.
  • 【Sturdy & Protective Design】 Made with premium 5mm aluminum alloy this laptop stand is study and is able to support laptop weighing up to 22 lbs (10kg) and with the large rubber pads on the surface it will hold it steady too. We also have pads on the bottom to prevent it from sliding and protecting your laptop from any unwanted harm.
  • 【Detachable & Simple Installation】 This laptop stand has premium CNC cut aluminum alloy material that will make sure it’s easy to reassemble and fits perfectly without any issues. With our easy to disassemble design you can easily detach it into 3 parts and store it to keep your desktop clean.

3. USB Hub

USB Hub

Chromebooks and laptops don’t really come with enough USB ports, especially if your teen uses a lot of peripherals like mine does. This one is compatible with pretty much everything, so you can swap it from Chromebook to MacBook to PC.

LENTION USB C Hub with 4K HDMI, 3 USB 3.0, SD/Micro SD Card Reader Compatible 2021-2016 MacBook Pro 13/15/16, New Mac Air/Surface, Stable Driver Certified Multi-Port Adapter (CB-C18, Space Gray)
  • Ultra High Speed: The SD & Micro SD dual SD 3.0 card reader support read and write at the same time, with data transfer speed up to UHS-I (104MB/s) - much faster than most card readers in the market. Three USB 3.0 ports with speed up to 5 Gbps
  • Crystal Clear 4K HDMI: Mirror or extend your screen with the HDMI port to HDTV, monitor or projector for video and audio transfer. Support 3840x2160 4K@30Hz, 2560x1600 and lower resolutions at 60Hz
  • Plug & Play: Used with no external drivers or power required; supposed to be used with portable devices such as wire keyboard, USB flash drive, 2.5mm external disk etc. (Note: Not for Apple Superdrive)
  • Widely Compatible: For MacBook Pro 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 M1, MacBook Air 2018 2019 2020 2021, MacBook 12, New iMac/Pro, Surface Pro 7/Book 2/Go, Chromebook, Pixelbook, more full-functional Type C devices
  • Stable Driver 3.0: LENTION published the advanced Stable Driver 3.0 standard to help customers buy with confidence. The standard included 3 main features: Non-Interference between connected peripherals, Sufficient power supply, and the Devices working under normal temperature without overheating

4. External Mouse

External Mouse

Trackpads on laptops are awful, in my opinion. Attaching an external mouse makes things so much easier, especially when your teen has to click those teeny, tiny little boxes during quizzes and what not. This one comes in a bunch of cute colors, works with Chromebooks, and is fairly inexpensive, too.

FD V8 Wireless Mouse Battery Included, 2.4G Cute Colorful Animal Slim Silent Travel Cordless Mouse Optical Designed Mice with Nano Receiver Compatible for Laptop Computer PC Chromebook (Gray Koala)
  • 2.4GHz Wireless ensures reliable connection with a long working distance of up to 10m and 250Hz super high speed rate of return, which eliminates delays, dropouts and interference.
  • Cute Animals matte surface, quiet & ergonomic design and comfortable cherry wheel provide all-day comfort for work and entertainment, portable and perfect for travel as well, just enjoy it with its silent click.
  • Intelligent power saving design eliminates the need to change batteries often. The wireless mouse will enter into power saving mode after 5 minutes free, click left or right button to wake it when you want it to work again, so the on and off switch is not required.
  • A tiny USB Nano receiver (stored within the back of the mouse) conveniently slots into your computer's USB port, and takes up minimal space. No need to drive, plug and play directly.
  • Work with Laptop, Notebook, Computer, PC, Mac, Chrome book and more. 30 days money-back & 6-months guaranty, when you are not satisfied with our product, please don't hesitate to get a after-sale service, we will give you a satisfied response within 24 hours.

5. Kindle Fire HD 10

back to school guide  kindle fire

Why would you need a Kindle if you’re getting a Chromebook or laptop? For the same reasons you’d get one even though you already have a personal computer- they’re highly portable, durable, and versatile. Use it for everything from reading assignments to watching educational videos. When the school day is over, it becomes an affordable entertainment device.

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Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black (2019 Release)
  • 10.1" 1080p full HD display; 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD)
  • Now 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM
  • Longer battery life—Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music
  • Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off toggle
  • 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording
  • Stay on track – Check email, make video calls, update shopping lists, and set reminders. Use your favorite apps like Zoom, Outlook, and OneNote
  • Now with USB-C and faster charging. Includes a USB-C cable & 9W power adapter in the box
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Enjoy your favorite apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported)
  • Picture-in-Picture viewing with Netflix, STARZ, Pinterest, MLB At Bat and more

6. External CD/DVD Drive

Back to High School Shopping Guide: 11 Essentials for Teens Doing Cyber School

Very few laptops and Chromebooks come with internal CD/DVD drives, so if your kids plan to use CD-ROMS (some old-school programs use them) or just wants to use his Chromebook to watch DVDs, you’ll need an external one. This model has great reviews and doesn’t cost a fortune.

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External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Mac Pro MacBook
  • Plug & play. Easy to use,powered by USB port. No external driver and Power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected
  • High speed. Compatible with USB3. 0 and backwards compatible with USB2. 0 , bringing faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance
  • Intelligent tech. Designed with eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. The copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission
  • Trendy design. Brushed texture shell brings trendy sight and touch enjoyment. Embedded cable design, worry- off cable missing any when and where
  • Wide compatibility. Ideal for various devices. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8. 1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, Please connect the device to the back USB port of the motherboard for normal use

7. Plenty of back and neck support

Back to High School Shopping Guide: 11 Essentials for Teens Doing Cyber School
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Nulaxy Laptop Stand, Ergonomic Aluminum Laptop Mount Computer Stand for Desk, Detachable Laptop Riser Notebook Stand Compatible with MacBook Air Pro, Dell XPS, More 10-16" Laptops - Gray
  • 【Heat Dissipation】 With the open back design it offers the best ventilation and airflow needed to cool either your notebook or gaming laptop and preventing it from Overheating. And the rubber pads and aluminum alloy acts as a thermal pad to take the heat of too.
  • 【Broader Compatibility】 Nulaxy C3 Laptop Stand is compatible with all laptops from 10-16 inches such as MacBook 12/ 13 MacBook Air 13 Macbook Pro 13/ 15 Google Pixelbook Dell XPS HP ASUS Lenovo ThinkPad Acer Chromebook and other notebook PC computer sizes between in 10-16 inches.
  • 【Ergonomic Riser】 The Laptop stand works as a riser to elevate the laptop screen to 7’’ and brings it to a perfect eye level to fix your posture. The ergonomic riser will help reduce neck and back pain, reduce eye strain creating extra space giving you the option to work without any clutter on your desk. Note: We suggest you to use an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse because our testing showed that it might be a little wobbly while you type on the laptop keyboard.
  • 【Sturdy & Protective Design】 Made with premium 5mm aluminum alloy this laptop stand is study and is able to support laptop weighing up to 22 lbs (10kg) and with the large rubber pads on the surface it will hold it steady too. We also have pads on the bottom to prevent it from sliding and protecting your laptop from any unwanted harm.
  • 【Detachable & Simple Installation】 This laptop stand has premium CNC cut aluminum alloy material that will make sure it’s easy to reassemble and fits perfectly without any issues. With our easy to disassemble design you can easily detach it into 3 parts and store it to keep your desktop clean.

8. Headset

Wearing earbuds all day is actually super bad for your teen’s ears, so an over-the-ears headset is essential. I know this is a gaming headset, but it’s the pair that I use to watch Netflix and whatnot on my Kindle (i just tuck the mic out of the way). It’s very comfortable, and the sound is fantastic.

9. A good surge protector

Belkin surge protector

With all the devices you’ll be plugging in, this one is absolutely vital. I like the Belkin model because it has swiveling outlets, so you can actually get everything plugged in rather than have a large brick take up half the strip.

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Belkin Surge Power Strip Protector - 8 Rotating & 4 Stationary AC Multiple Outlets - 8 ft Long Heavy Duty Extension Cord Flat Pivot Plug for Home, Office, Travel, Desktop & Charging Brick, 4320 Joules
  • Surge Protector Multi-Outlet Power Strip: Power everything on your desk with a single compact surge-protected extension cord. This reputable power cord offers 12 AC outlets with surge protection for charging your computer, laptop, phone, camera, and more. One charging station for a clutter-free desk.
  • Compact Space-Saving Pivot Outlet: Developed with rotating outlets to allow extra room for large AC adapter and charger bricks. The cord-management system keeps cables organized. The slender design with an 8 ft/2.4-meters long heavy-duty cord makes it ideal for home offices, workstations, and game rooms.
  • Power Bar with Phone Line Protection: Featuring a 1-in-2-out RJ11 telephone or fax protection to ensure open and continuous phone line connections. It also provides a coaxial cable protection to safeguard cable box and satellite connections. The damage-resistant housing protects circuits from fire, impact, and rust.
  • Reliable Product and Service: Purchase with confidence as it is backed by a lifetime warranty and protected by 300,000 dollar Connected Equipment Warranty. Check out the full specs: 6,000 volts maximum spike voltage, 15A AC (4 stationary outlets, and 8 rotating outlets), 125V, 1875W, and 150K Hz - 100M Hz EMI/RFI Noise Filter.
  • Safeguard Your Devices and Appliances: The electric strip has a 4,320-Joule energy rating providing a reliable power extension cord to protect printers, appliances, and home theater systems. It secures your electronic devices from overload, short circuit, power spikes, lightning strikes, or fluctuations.

10.Digital Graphics Tablet

If your kids are taking art online, grab them a graphics tablet. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to scan and upload their non-digital designs!

Back to High School Shopping Guide: 11 Essentials for Teens Doing Cyber School
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XP-PEN StarG640 6x4 Inch Ultrathin Tablet Drawing Tablet Digital Graphics Tablet with 8192 Levels Battery-Free Stylus Compatible with Chromebook-Rev B (for Drawing and E-Learning/Online Classes)
  • XP-PEN G640 graphics tablet is designed for digital drawing, painting, sketching, E-signatures, online teaching, remote work, photo editing, etc. XP-PEN G640 is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Mac 10.10 or above and Chrome OS 88 and above. It's compatible with the drawing program Adobe Photoshop, paint tool sai, illustrator, Corel draw, Corel painter, sketchbook, manga studio, clip studio paint, and more
  • StarG640 drawing tablet is the perfect replacement for a traditional mouse! The XP-PEN advanced Battery-free PN01 stylus does not require charging, allowing for constant uninterrupted Draw and Play, making lines flow quicker and smoother, enhancing overall performance. The one-click toggle allows you to switch between Pen and Eraser instantly. Comes with 20 replacement nibs, allowing you to have more fun
  • XP-PEN StarG640 pen tablet features 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, its 6x4 inches active area, providing you with groundbreaking control and fluidity to expand your creative output. The G640 is only 2mm thick, it’s as slim as all primary level graphic tablets, allowing you to carry it with you on the go
  • XP-PEN G640 drawing tablet is ready to work seamlessly with Chromebook devices now, so you can create information-rich content and collaborate with teachers and classmates on Google Jamboard’s whiteboard; Take notes quickly and conveniently with Google Keep, and effortlessly sketch diagrams with the Google Canvas
  • XP-PEN G640 is an ideal tool for online teaching, e-learning, remote work, web-conferencing, it's compatible with Microsoft Office apps like Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Zoom, Xsplit etc. Works perfect than a mouse, visually present your handwritten notes, signatures precisely. Register your XP-PEN tablet on XP-PEN Web to receive ExplainEverything program. XP-PEN provides a one-year warranty and lifetime technical support for all our pen tablets/displays

11. Thinkster Math Tutoring

Back to High School Shopping Guide: 11 Essentials for Teens Doing Cyber School

I know it’s not really a supply so much as a service, but Thinkser Math is great for kids of all ages who struggle with math class. I’m thinking about using it for Jake, since math is the one thing I can’t help him with at all. I haven’t understood his assignments since he was in 5th grade! I’m just that bad with numbers.

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Last update on 2021-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API