Children’s smartwatches are all the rage. Make sure you buy the correct one to suit your child’s needs.
Long gone are the days when only adults shopped for wearables. These days it’s all about the kids and with the selection of affordable smartwatches designed specifically for children growing by the day, we won’t blame you if you’re overwhelmed by the options available.
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Wearables give parents peace of mind by helping them track a child’s location and allowing them to stay in touch via text and phone calls.
“Many parents are uncomfortable with the idea of giving young children smartphones, yet would value a way to contact them as well as track them. A smartwatch can be a great alternative—affordable, fun and easy to use. A lot of children love the idea of wearing a watch just like mom and dad,” says Ernst Wittmann, Global Account Director MEA & Country Manager – Southern Africa, at Alcatel.
Parents can pre-programme contacts on the device so that children can see immediately who is phoning them as well as call people on their contact list. The GPS functionality allows parents to track the child’s location. It uses a dedicated cloud service to ensure that location information is always as accurate, quick and useful as possible. Parents can also use a feature called geo-fencing to configure “safe zones” such as their street or school and receive alerts when the child moves out of these zones.
“One advantage of a smartwatch is that children are less likely to lose them or drop and break them than a mobile phone since the device is worn on their wrist. It’s also an interesting way to learn to tell the time” says Wittmann.
Planning on getting your child a smartwatch? Here is what you need to look out for:
Children’s smartwatches need to be able to take a beating in the rough-and-tumble of day-to-day life. Look for one certified to a standard such as IP67, which shows that it offers protection against dust damage, spillages and falls.
Security and privacy:
A high-quality smartwatch will be built on the latest security standards and technologies to protect the child’s data and privacy. TCL follows international industry and national government standards that layout rigorous requirements for information security in the design of TCL MoveTime smartwatches.
It also subscribes to catalogues and databases of publicly known security vulnerabilities and exposures, so that it stays one step ahead of the cyber-criminals. In line with stringent EU data privacy laws, TCL manages data in the secure Amazon cloud, retains it for no more than six months, and does not sell personally identifiable information to third parties.
A good smartwatch should offer a powerful, long-lasting battery combined with an interface that draws barely any battery so it can be a constant companion for the child.
Look and feel:
Find something bold, bright and stylish, so the child will love wearing the watch as much as you love knowing they’re safe.
Look for cool features that make life easier for you and your child. For example, easily distracted children might benefit from a calendar function to remind them to do their chores at a certain time.