Smartwatch for Kids

25 Oct 2020 14:34

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Like wearable devices for grown-ups, kids’ watches have come a long way in both function and features in recent years. Our top picks include kids’ smartwatches that focus on two-way communication, GPS tracking, fitness tracking, and built-in cameras.

We’ve highlighted smartwatches that are easy for kids to use and offer durability with heavy-duty bands, protected touch screens, and waterproofing.

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Due to the compatibility issues that can plague kids’ smartwatches, we’ve stuck to recommendations that have the reputation and technical support of a wireless provider or name brand behind them.

Verizon’s GizmoWatch 2 ticked all our boxes for fun and function—we made it our top pick. It has two-way calling and messaging, a fitness tracker, GPS tracking, and sturdy design. The only drawback is the required two-year Verizon contract.

If you’re looking for a smartwatch that offers a myriad of features to satisfy both parents and kids, the GizmoWatch 2 is an excellent place to start. This kids’ watch is like a basic smartphone for little wrists, geared toward ages 4 to 12.

Equipped with GPS location and two-way communication via voice and messaging powered by Verizon’s network, caretakers will enjoy the reassurance of keeping close tabs on children. Parents can set up GPS boundaries, geofencing, and automatic notifications for when kids travel outside of approved locations.

This smartwatch is convenient for little hands to manage, with a large touchscreen that provides notifications for 10 trusted contacts alongside game features and a step tracker to encourage activity.

A wide, durable strap and water-resistant features make the GizmoWatch suitable even for young children who engage in more than a little rough-and-tumble play. The downside to the GizmoWatch’s powerhouse of features is that it does lock you into using Verizon and requires a two-year contract.

VTech understands that kids just wanna have fun, so its smartwatch aims to provide exactly that. While you won’t find GPS tracking or two-way communication functions, this affordable smartwatch is essentially a mini gaming device, packed with educational activities and interaction to keep little ones busy.

From telling time to motion sensors for active games and AR (augmented reality) capabilities, parents will appreciate the built-in learning boost. Dual cameras let kids take video or craft the perfect selfie, which is sure to be a hit with the elementary school crowd.

If, however, your goal is to keep track of your little wanderer or have a quick chat about who to expect at pickup after school, this smartwatch isn’t designed to meet those needs. Also, be warned that while it’s splash-proof, VTech admits that submerging your Kidizoom won’t end well because it stops short of being waterproof.

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