There are great safety features in place so kids can't hurt themselves, which I appreciate a ton! Safety features include: 1) A flap covering the opening to the sharpener, so fingers can't 'get sharpened'. 2) Sharpener will not work unless the shaving container is correctly in place. 3) It is not super powerful - so, my kids do not feel like their wrist got cut off holding their pencil in there! Due to some of these features, it is hard to clear a tip stuck in the sharpener. And, because it is not super powerful, it takes a little longer for my pencils to be sharpened... but, they are still sharp, so take that for what it's worth! Overall, great product for its price.