From new backpacks and trendy clothes to that lengthy required supplies list, you're probably knee deep in back-to-school purchases that at times may seem rather excessive, but try not to be too quick to brush off what may seem like outlandish requests from your kiddos. There are actually quite a few tech gadgets out there that can help your kids be safer, more prepared and more efficient in the new school year. 

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Jackery Bar 1

Jackery Bar

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With the Jackery Bar your kids will never again have a good excuse for not letting you know when they're going to be home late. This external battery charger is compact and portable, and works with most smart devices including tablets and phones, and has ports that fit Apple and Android products. Once charged, the Jackery will be able to recharge several devices before it needs to be plugged in again. Jackery Bar, $19.99

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Laptop Lock 2

Laptop Lock

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Whether your student is a middle schooler or an incoming college freshman, they probably don't quite have that responsibility thing down yet. Protect your investment with a combination laptop lock. If your child has to run off to the restroom or to grab a snack, he can arm a simple combination lock that attaches to his laptop and anchors to a desk, table or other hard surface. Kensington Combination Laptop Lock, $34.99

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Epson Expression Home Printer 3

Epson Expression Home Printer

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These days we mostly rely on electronic communications, so it may have been a while since you had a printer in your home. But once your kids are in high school, and almost surely in college, they'll likely have some instructors who want hard copies of papers and completed assignments. A compact home printer, scanner and copier like the Epson Expression is a good option. Epson Expression Home, $149.99

Noise Cancelling Earbuds 4

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

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Help your child stay focused in study hall with a set of noise-cancelling earbuds. This Sony version features a comfortable, ergonomic design, quality audio and full noise suppression at a price far below other versions. Sony Noise Cancelling Earbuds, $69.99

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Windows 10 5

Windows 10

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Though not technically a gadget, since you can't physically touch it, it's a good idea to download the Windows 10 upgrade on your child's laptop or tablet. Windows 10, free upgrade until July 29.

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Microsoft Surface 6

Microsoft Surface

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If you've reached the point when your child needs her own computer--for instance if you have a new high schooler--you might want to consider a laptop/tablet hybrid with removable keyboard like the Microsoft Surface 3. It has the functionality of laptop, but the portability and convenience of a tablet, and won't completely break the bank. Microsoft Surface 3, $499

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MightyPack 7

MightyPack

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If you're going to shell out big bucks for a new backpack that will hopefully last several years, you might as well go for one that will serve double duty by helping keep your kid's gadgets and books well organized and protected. The MightyPack has lots of different pockets and sleeves constructed from hardshell molded EVA foam as well as dedicated charging compartments. Faux fur linings even protect devices from scratches. MightyPack, $79.95

NUUD Phone Case 8

NUUD Phone Case

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As much as I hate to believe it, most 10 year olds are toting around their very own smartphones these days. I mean I guess in a time of endless extracurricular and after school programs, it's the best way to keep tabs on your kids. Chances are though, you don't want to have to shell out another $500 when said phone gets crushed on the playground. Protect it with a sturdy, waterproof, dirtproof, dropproof case like this one. NUUD by Lifeproof, $79.99