Smartwatch

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  July 1, 2022

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What is a smart watch?

A smartwatch (English, literally “smart clock“) is a type of watch that not only serves as a timepiece but also has a range of other functions.

Smartwatches are similar to handheld electronic devices such as a smartphone, but are attached to the body.

Smartwatches can consist of different equipment, such as a camera, calculator, touchscreen, GPS system, speaker and various measuring instruments (for example, an accelerometer, altimeter, barometer, thermometer or compass).

Smartwatches often have an SD card and rechargeable battery. Many smartwatches can run mobile apps. Some smartwatches also serve as full-fledged mobile phones; these are also referred to as watch phone (“watch phone”).

Some smartwatches are specially equipped as a sports watch (“sports watch”) with functions and sensors to support sporting activity. Such features include training programs, speed and lap display, dive computer and heart rate monitor. A smartwatch can receive information from other instruments and control computers and other devices. Wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS are used for this purpose.

A smartwatch can also only serve as a remote control for a certain system, or be in contact with a mobile phone and, for example, transmit messages and phone calls and calendar notifications from the phone.

What is a smartwatch for kids?

A smartwatch for children is similar to that for adults but often comes equipped with a number of other functions.

For example, smartwatches for children usually have an SOS button with which they can send an emergency signal to preset numbers, a GPS tracking system with which parents can keep an eye on where children are (or have been) and a number of games or options to set reminders. set for tasks such as brushing your teeth or doing homework. 

Smartwatches are often practical for parents as well as fun for children.

 

Kids Smartwatches Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions:

Does my child's smartwatch need to be on the same network as my cell phone?

No that is not necessary. Some smartwatches only work on specific networks (such as T-Mobile or a private network), but that does not mean that your personal mobile subscription has to go through that network.

In some cases it may not be essential to pay for the smartwatch on your monthly bill.

Many smartwatches have an app that you can connect to on your smartphone.

You use the app to sync with the smartwatch contacts and to activate parental controls.

What are the hidden costs of smartwatches?

This biggest expense for smartwatches is the monthly bill (if it requires a cellular plan).

When considering which smartwatch to buy, read the specs carefully to find out how it affects your phone bill.

Some smartwatches also use the data from your mobile subscription and that can quickly become expensive. 

You need a SIM card for almost every GPS smartwatch and these are usually not included.

In addition, parts can be expensive. Many smartwatches come with a battery, but some need to be replaced from time to time.

Again, read the specs carefully so you know what you need for the smartwatch.

Are smartwatches dangerous?

The smartwatches may help with day-to-day business, but the various health concerns cannot be ignored. Smartwatches emit EMF radiation that can be extremely harmful. In recent years, many studies have contributed to the knowledge about the harmful nature of smartphones and smartwatches.

What can smart watches do for kids?

A children's smartwatch is much more than just a timepiece. Modern benefits include fitness tracking to encourage your child to get outside and be active, GPS tracking so you always know where they are, and in some cases even the ability to make and receive calls.

There are often a lot of fun games to play, and then there is the gamification element. By achieving certain goals, kids receive a 'reward' – for example a new game or a new avatar. This can be linked to tasks, such as homework or brushing your teeth. In this way, parents can motivate children to take more responsibilities, which involve a kind of play element.

Do smart watches need a data plan?

No. A smartwatch is considered a smart accessory that works with your smartphone. Depending on the kind of smartwatch you have, you can connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so it doesn't need its own service plan.

Is tracking your child wrong?

A 2019 study shows that following a child can undermine feelings of trust and bonding. In fact, it can become counterproductive and it gets to a point where the child no longer takes it. This risk, in my opinion, is perhaps much more serious than those leading parents who follow their kids in the first place.

Can children use a smartwatch to go to school?

Many schools ban smartwatches for children. They have their reasons. According to the BEUC children's smartwatches can pose a serious threat to children's privacy. Manufacturers of these devices do not follow security protocols, so hackers can easily take control of a child's watch and gain access to personal data.

Can you sleep with a smartwatch?

Yes, that's possible. I used sleep for Android to track my sleep. However, the battery life of smart watches is pretty bad so if you don't mind charging your watch in the morning I'm sure you'll like it

Can smart watches cause cancer?

The evidence has been examined and it has emerged that there is no danger. The National Cancer Institute states: “Studies to date have not shown a consistent association between the use of smartwatches or cell phones and cancers of the brain, nerves or other tissues of the head or neck.

Why do I need a SIM card for my child's smartwatch?

Most adult smartwatches are connected to their phones and get all the information they need to call or text via Bluetooth.

However, smartwatches for kids are designed not to be paired with phones, so they need a SIM card to access the cellular network, make phone calls, and broadcast a GPS signal.

How do I know if my child's smartwatch is compatible with my mobile phone?

Most smartwatches are compatible with most cell phones. You download an app on your phone that is specific to your child's smartwatch.

Even if the smartwatch is connected through a different carrier, it can probably still make and receive calls and be controlled by your own mobile phone.

Will a smartwatch make my child more vulnerable to hackers and online threats?

The question of online security and privacy is important when considering a smart device.

There are a number of groups in Europe who believe that smartwatches pose a threat to the safety of the child and have banned them.

Many of these concerns arise because these types of devices can be easily hacked.

So, to be safe, never keep confidential information about them, and remember to teach your child other safety rules other than just talking to strangers and the importance of privacy online and via text message.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.