Consider Getting Your Child A Smart Watch Before A Phone

Child Smart Watch
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By 98.5 KTK

Over half of 11-year old kids has a smartphone. While there are some benefits of your child having a phone, such as knowing their location, instantly communicate with them and it keeps them busy on a long car ride, internet safety, cyberbullying, and screen time might outnumber the reasons for a young child to have a cell phone. Perhaps it would be better for them to have a smart watch instead. These connected wearables let parents stay in touch with kids while they're away from home, and most are equipped with GPS to keep tabs on a kid's whereabouts without having to send a "Where are you?" message. Unlike smartwatches for adults, kids' smartwatches don't promote social media sharing and usually don't have the option to get on the internet at all. Some kid watches are also great tools for establishing a daily chore, homework, or bedtime routine. Parents can use the app to set daily reminders like "brush teeth for two minutes" or "read for 15 minutes before bedtime," then sprinkle in some leverage by typing in a reward. Kids can cross stuff off the list with the help of a built-in stopwatch or by setting their own alarms. Activities that are typically mundane are suddenly a lot more fun when an animated celebration, badges, or sibling leaderboard competition are involved. Prices for kid smart watches range from $30 to $100.

SOURCE: Mashable

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