The format wars have not been kind to special needs folks. With added complexity, features, more compact shapes, and the like comes fragility, more difficulty in understanding, and frustration if things don't behave the same every time you try to use it. The VCR blinking 12:00 was innocuous enough, but how do you explain to a toddler they can't watch their favorite show because their disc is scratched, they're in the wrong menu, and besides that, the TV was set to the wrong input?
Well the first thing you can do is make the physical media harder to damage or use incorrectly. Over the years I've tried hiding the media in a cabinet, keeping it in the SD card or USB stick attached to a Pi, but you know? VHS tapes were pretty robust, what's a similar take for the modern era?