If you’re looking for something to give your children this Christmas, look no further than the smartwatch. Smartwatches are on the rise and there are some great options on the market that have been tailor made for kids, fulfilling several needs while delighting today’s tech obsessed children.
Smartwatches for kids have been designed with a range of purposes in mind. Some aim to enhance learning and development through wearable tech, while others provide communication and GPS features to ensure child safety. The smartwatch is therefore not only a nifty little gift that your kids will love, but can also be a valuable tool for you as a parent.
Kids’ smartwatches are the perfect gift, offering a variety of features for children of different ages without breaking the bank. T
Octopus by JOY
Age: 3-8 years
The Octopus smartwatch helps children to better understand the concept of time and take responsibility for their own routine. It combines the roles of watch, scheduler and assistant to foster a sense of independence and confidence in your child as they complete set tasks without being prompted to do so by their parents. This means there are less power struggles between you and your child and makes your morning routine much less hectic!
The Octopus watch is icon-based and you can customise it via the app on your smartphone to make it fit your own family life. If 8AM is time for your kids to brush their teeth, Octopus will tell them. Each visual reminder is clear and simple, containing a colour image that is associated to the task (like a toothbrush) and the time that you’ve scheduled for it to be completed. There are three modes adapted to different stages of childhood development, teaching children to learn to read digital and analog clocks as they grow.
The Octopus smartwatch app is compatible with all Apple and Android devices. The watch comes in a range of colours and is easily chargeable via USB cable. It also has the optional addition of an octopus charging stand which doubles as a nightlight.
The Octopus’s concept is unique, promoting structured daily routines that encourage organisation, independence, cooperation and good habits. Young kids will love feeling autonomous and having their own role in the family unit.
Age: 3-8 years
The HereO smartwatch is a wearable GPS tracking device custom-made for kids, available in a range of bright and colourful designs. It’s the smallest GPS watch on the market so can be worn comfortably every day by children, and its durability and water resistance means it won’t be easily damaged during play.
The watch is used alongside an app for your smartphone, allowing you to monitor accurate, real-time location information as well as receive directions to your child’s current location. It also sends you alerts when your child arrives at school or home so you always know that they’re safe. The watch comes fitted with a tamper alert system so that if anyone removes the watch, including the child, an emergency alert containing their current location is sent immediately to all pre-programmed family or friends. A panic alert button also allows children to alert family of their location in an emergency. The watch’s extended battery life lasts up to 72 hours between charges. The HereO gives peace of mind to both you and your child, while its funky design will ensure kids never want to take it off.
Age: 2-12 years
The Pearchild Yo watch has calling capabilities, allowing children to phone up to three pre-programmed contacts by pressing either the ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ or ‘help’ button. These three contacts are also the only numbers from which the child can be called, eliminating any risk of them being contacted by strangers. This watch features GPS tracking and allows you to check your child’s location through the Pearchild app. Its Bluetooth alert system is particularly useful for very young children, as you can pair the Yo with your own watch so that an alert sounds if your young one moves more than 10 metres from you. A fitness tracker enables you to set step goals for your child while they monitor their own progress on the watch’s screen.
The Pearchild is perfect if you want to keep your child safe but don’t want to give them their own mobile phone just yet. The Pearchild Yo’s phone function allows you to stay in contact with your child without allowing them contact with unknown numbers or access to SMS, and makes them feel at ease when they’re away from home.
Age: 12 years+
The Pebble smartwatch is a great gift for older kids who can use the technology to do their own thing. The Pebble is designed for use with a smartphone and can display texts, calls, emails and social media notifications. There’s a huge range of downloadable apps for kids to enjoy and staying active is encouraged through the watch’s fitness tracker. The Pebble has loads of customisable features, including interchangeable watch faces that are easy to download and install. Its battery lasts an impressive 5-7 days on a single charge. The Pebble watch is good value, packing in a lot of features for a relatively low price. Various models are available, the newer and more hi-tech options being more suitable for older teenagers.
A smartwatch is the perfect gift for kids this Christmas, its fun and futuristic elements will make it a winner in their eyes ,while its versatile features also make it incredibly useful for parents. The devices in their varying forms are suitable for all children, but the vast range of watches on the market for young children in particular means you’re spoilt for choice, allowing you to decide which product you feel would best fulfil your own child’s wants and needs.
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