6 best kids smartwatches [for peace of mind & independence] tested

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  April 20, 2021

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I can't yet imagine that my son will soon go out alone, but he is now only 3 so let's wait for a while, although he is a pretty independent man :)

But, although it is still very far away for us, it is probably approaching much faster for you, your child will soon, or even now, go out on its own!

TIME to take action, you say to yourself while looking at your own watch (** hey, do I want a smartwatch myself? **)

When it comes to your child, a smartwatch can give you PEACE OF MIND, while providing SELF-EMPLOYMENT and more control to your child. A smartwatch for kids can be very useful, but only if you buy THE RIGHT, so what exactly should you pay attention to?

I'm going to go through all that with you because iIn this review, I tested and compared 30 children's smartwatches to ultimately recommend these top 6 choices.

Best smartwatch for kids

There are a ton of smartwatch models on the market today that cater to kids, some with fun games and / or support for educational apps.

In fact, SO MANY that it gets hard to choose, I already had a hard time picking out the best 30 to test, let alone the ONE perfect one for your child.

My favorite is this Garmin Vivofit Jr 2. I like this Garmin's straightforward setup so that anyone can use it (even grandpa and grandma!), With all the important options anyway.

Here's Katie Ellison trying out with her daughters (cute to watch):

However, there are even smarter smartwatches for children and I will come back to that in a moment, the Garmin, for example, does not have a GPS tracker.

Dus if you want to get a smartwatch to keep track of your child more if needed, read on for some other great options (plus all the important options you may need and how to choose from them).

First of all, these are the best smartwatches for kids, with a few smart fitness trackers in them too:

Children's smartwatchImages

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 2

Overall best children's smartwatch Garmin Vivovit Jr 2(view more images)
Best kids smartwatch with GPS: Mr Safe Vowor 4GMr Safe smartwatch with GPS function(view more images)
Best Waterproof Activity Tracker for Kids: Fitbit aceBest Activity Tracker for Kids- Fitbit Ace(view more images)
Best kids smartwatch with sim card: WillowWind One2Track Connect GoOne2Track connect go smartwatch child with calling function(view more images)
Best kids smartwatch for games: VTech Kidizoom DX2VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 pink - Smart Watch
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Best cheap smartwatch for child 10 to 12 years old: Amazfit BipBest cheap smartwatch for kids 10 to 12 years old
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What should you pay attention to in a Smartwatch for children?

What you are looking for may not be what someone else is looking for. There can be various reasons for choosing a smartwatch for your child.

Most parents buy one for their child to:

  1. still be able to get in touch while they are not yet ready for a smartphone
  2. to know that they can always send an emergency message if necessary
  3. to keep track of where your child is at that moment, you would like to check it
  4. keep track of where your child went in one day
  5. be able to set up geofencing (a “safe” area where they are allowed to go) with a notification if your child is outside that area
  6. keep track of how much physical activity your child gets in a day
  7. give your child more responsibility in their daily planning with reminders for brushing their teeth, doing homework and cleaning up the room
  8. just offering something fun for music, games and being able to take pictures anywhere and edit them later

And that's exactly what you should pay attention to when you buy one.

So you generally buy them for your peace of mind, their independence or as entertainment and any combination thereof.

List the features that matter most to you. Not every watch has GPS, for example, but neither does every parent want to track their child (often depending on age too) and I'll help you with the best watches for location tracking, communication, productivity features or entertainment.

Lecia Bushak resigns medicaldaily.com that a smartwatch, for example, can greatly help your child to plan their day themselves, especially children with ADHD who otherwise have a lot of trouble with it.

You give them technology and teach them to take responsibility and use tech as a useful tool in their daily life (like with the Garmin Vivofit which I talk about in detail below!).

Or just because you want to make sure your kids stay ACTIVE during the summer holidays, instead of playing Fortnite in bed every day :)

Other things to watch out for:

  1. Does the watch need a SIM card to work?
  2. Is the watch only compatible with certain mobile phones?
  3. How is the battery life?
  4. Is the information on the watch encrypted?
  5. What other functions does the watch offer?

Whatever you're looking for, these are the best watches for any of these purposes:

Best children's smartwatches reviewed

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 2

Sustainable Disney themed watches and activity trackers

Overall best children's smartwatch Garmin Vivovit Jr 2

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Judgment

Reasons to buy the Garmin

The Garmin-jr is built to add a little bit of an adventure to your life every day. Sometimes kids need some gamification to get their butt out to do ACTIVE things.

If. if you do not know what gamification is, you have not yet looked at what they do online or on the game console.

By taking a certain action you earn something, it is the way in which games make your children come back again and again.

It is therefore nice that this is a durable watch because it will certainly be used in ACTIVE play.

If you want to get your child moving THIS is THE WATCH for you!

Have I made you curious yet?

Exercise = fun with the Garmin Vivofit jr.

It is not a full-fledged smartwatch but rather an activity tracker for children, completely made to let your child perform their activities and tasks FULLY ENTHUSIASM.

Upon reaching the set objectives, new adventures of their favorite hero will be unlocked in the application.

FIRST 60 minutes of movement, then new play elements will become available from Spider Man, Minnie Mouse and Star Wars, among others.

Because this pedometer is REALLY intended for kids, it is designed for any adventure! From a game of football in the schoolyard to a dip in the pool.

The theme of each band (such as from Marvel which I show below) contains accompanying games that the kids can play via the mobile app (** and you know that they first have to get their movement neatly **).

The more often a child achieves a goal, the more they can use the games. That of course motivates!

If you choose one of the themes now, don't worry, if your child suddenly has a new hero, it's no problem! The straps are available separately, so you can easily switch themes.

Oh, and the straps are stretchable or adjustable with a buckle closure so that also matches the active look they want to achieve with them and your child can easily grow with them.

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This also makes it easier for the watches to grow with their age stages, because you can choose Minnie Mouse first and Captain America a few years later.

The pedometer is much more than just that, because in addition to steps, it also tracks their sleep patterns and offers challenging games and badges (** ah, that gamification **).

This is one of those watches that can give your child more responsibility for their movement, as well as showing that even doing household chores doesn't have to be boring!

You can award points for daily tasks and chores.

The idea is that these points can then be exchanged for treats, giving your kids an incentive to brush their teeth or play with their siblings.

Also watch this video of how kids can use it for a week:

As a parent you can read everything in the app. How much they move, but also at what time your child goes to sleep, whether he or she is awake a lot during the night and at what time they get up.

If you notice that your child is not getting much sleep and is not talking about it, it is important to start a conversation.

Perhaps something is bothering the child and does not dare to discuss this with you.

Read also: 10 best games to calm them down before going to sleep.

But just a little more airy, because they also come in a number of nice designs:

Garmin Vivofit jr 2 captain america edition

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The Garmin Vivofit app: also useful for YOU

Fortunately, the mobile app also helps you a lot. You can monitor your child very precisely.

All those points of the net, such as activities that they have to do, set responsibilities and chores that you want to stimulate… you can all manage and view them.

Rewards can be given in the form of virtual coins or you can agree on something else, like the amount of screen time you give them, plus you can also set family goals that they have to achieve together (or just play nice competitions).

Related: 9 ways to make setting & limiting screen time 10x easier.

If you download the Toe-to-Toe Connect IQ app, children can compete against each other and break personal records.

Oh, and if you already have other apps you can connect them too, such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper.

Time for homework!

It is not just there for entertainment and exercise. You can also set reminders and use the task timers.

This way your child can take the first steps to better organize and plan his own life, such as homework, tutoring and brushing their teeth!

The reminders can be repeated as often as needed, for example daily or weekly.

Thanks to this smartwatch, children will learn to live a structured and meaningful life which is extremely important for their general development and future!

Perhaps the only downside to this pedometer is that it lacks the heart rate monitor. A bit strange actually, because it contains many other health functions.

On the other hand, a heart rate monitor is KILLING for a battery, so that's why it lasts so long without needing to replace it.

If you want a MORE ACTIVE child and at the same time give more RESPONSIBILITY for their own lives and their duties, the Garmin is the one I recommend.

Different versions of the Garmin are available here

Best kids smartwatch with GPS: Mr Safe Vowor 4G

Best and Most Reliable Safe Features

Mr Safe smartwatch with GPS function

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This is THE watch when you want more control over where your child is, while at the same time knowing that they can call in an emergency.

It lets you keep in touch with your kids while they're wearing it and saves you the investment in a cell phone, a tricky situation with kids under 12 that I totally get.

Benefits

Cons

When do you buy a mobile phone for your child?

Buying a whole smartphone, with all that this entails, can be a bit too early at your child's age, especially for kids under 10.

The Mr Safe Watch, from Techsixtyfour, is a good alternative: a smartwatch for children designed to receive or call you, WITHOUT all the luggage that comes with a mobile phone.

Design

The Mr Safe Watch is available in blue, black or pink and is MEGA sturdy, mainly due to simple design (on the outside).

The rubber band and rubber housing is easy to clean. However, it is surprisingly large and a bit big for a children's watch.

The battery drains quickly, and that is due to all GPS and tracking functions, but also due to the (nice) color LCD screen that shows the time, plus important notifications so that your child never misses anything.

The watch face can be displayed in a digital or analog style.

You'll have to charge it often, probably every day, just like your own smartwatch in most cases, and there's an apple-like magnet lock on the USB connector to keep it in the charger.

That feels like one of the more expensive watches on the market and shows that they have thought about the design.

You can set up and manage the watch via the accompanying iPhone or Android app. This is a good business.

Do you need a SIM card for this kids smartwatch?

The GPS tracker can work without it, but for the calling functions it can have a mobile phone SIM card.

When you buy a SIM card for your child, you can program the watch via the app to call up to 10 numbers.

A handy extra security is that he can also RECEIVE calls from a maximum of 10 numbers.

Only numbers on the safe “whitelist” are allowed. And 10 is easy to manage, but also equal enough for you, your partner, maybe an older sibling and grandpa and grandma (both sets, we don't want to put one behind!) And the babysitter.

You with your app are the “main number”, and that is SUPER HANDY!

Your child only has to press the volume buttons for a long time instead of worrying about typing in numbers (** hmmm, how many numbers do I remember by heart, one? My own? **), and that's incredibly handy.

A kind of “panicbutton” was really something.

Receiving a call is simple: you press the display and, just like with the Apple Watch, you can just talk to your wrist.

Some of the watches tested were almost inaudible when your child is outside with all the ambient noise, but Mr Safe's speaker and microphone are the BEST I've heard.

However, he does not support text / SMS, which you may find an advantage or a disadvantage, that is also personal preference, I think because in my experience, texts are very easy to disturb you at work.

Mr Safe tracking

There are two reasons to buy the Mr Safe instead of the Garmin Vivofit (the best activity tracker):

  1. being able to make and receive calls with AMAZING audio quality
  2. the most accurate GPS tracker I've seen

Some other watches with GPS trackers weren't that reliable, which is NOT what you want.

For example, imagine that you have set an area as a “safe zone” and your child goes outside.

You would expect to receive a notification.

100% of the time!

But unfortunately not all watches are reliable in this area, so you sometimes miss a notification!

With the help of Mr Safe's reliable app, you can monitor or be alerted to your children when they are walking a certain distance away from you or outside of a certain area.

The app captures the data live and then plots it on a map for you to view in REAL-TIME or historical.

It's fascinating to see where your kids have been, whether that's at school or perhaps a friend's house. As long as the device has battery and signal, it will continue to ping your location updates.

follow your child with the gator GPS tracker

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The battery needs to be charged every four days, the manufacturer says, but that's much sooner if you make a lot of phone calls or travel a lot (the GPS drains the battery).

So I'd put him on the charger every night just in case.

It is really a functional watch, one to feel safe with, but not one to give your child nice functions, because there are none.

So maybe not the best for everyone. And if you want to go for games, I have a few more on the list that follow next. But from the perspective of you as a parent, the Mr Safe Watch is great.

This will allow you to keep in touch with your kids while they are wearing it and follow them so you can be sure they are safe.

Check prices and availability here

Best Waterproof Smartwatch Activity Tracker for Kids: Fitbit Ace

Scaled-down fitness tracker for slightly older kids

Best Activity Tracker for Kids- Fitbit Ace

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Judgment

Reasons to buy the Fitbit

Essentially, the Fitbit Ace is a Fitbit Alta with a simplified app that allows for parental controls, so if you're already familiar with Fitbit and want a pedometer for your child, this makes sense.

It is slightly cheaper than the Garmin Vivofit, but besides that it is a lot easier to keep clean if your child really wants to swim with it (also plastic pin for the strap for example) and it is very easy to find all the fit bits in your to link.

This smartwatch for kids is designed to track daily steps and make it fun by giving rewards and badges for meeting certain goals, just like the Garmin.

Ace 2 automatically sets fitness goals for your child and you will get notifications when they reach their goal for the day, as long as the device is within range of your phone so it can sync the data.

The watch can track steps as well as active minutes, but it also doesn't have a heart rate monitor or GPS.

Fitbit Ace 2, the waterproof activity tracker for children from 6 years old

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But he is disappointing in following other tasks, and even other activities. For example, he cannot register that your child is cycling, which could be a disadvantage in your family (do you like cycling?).

As a pedometer it is the MOST ACCURATE of all that I have tested, but you can expect that from a Fitbit, right?

The battery can last up to 5 days, so that makes it perfect for wearing to school all week. And also nice if you like rechargeable watches more than a battery that you have to replace (although the Garmin Vivofit lasts 7 months).

I think this is a matter of personal preference.

But here comes the POWER of the Fitbit Ace. Ready?

You can set up a family account if you all have Fitbits so you can easily view your kids' progress together.

As a family, it is important to develop healthy habits TOGETHER (** oops, do I have to lead by example now? **). With the Fitbit Ace 2, your kids are guaranteed to have a healthier life and everyone in the family can participate.

The Fitbit Ace 2 is suitable for children from the age of 6, so younger brothers and sisters can also quickly participate.

Fitbit Ace 2 kids smartwatch review

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With the help of the Fitbit app you can use a special 'background' on the watch; my personal favorite is 'Sprout', which shows a plant pot with a flower that grows slowly as your child builds up more steps throughout the day.

FUN!

Read also: When can a child play hopscotch? Everything about this motor milestone + play tips

What features does the Fitbit Ace 2 have?

The Ace uses a monochrome OLED touchscreen to display information such as the time, date, total steps for the day and total active time and this saves a lot of energy so it can last a long time.

The screen also displays notifications, so your child is constantly informed of his or her progress; the small animations that took place encouraged children to stay active.

The watch is made of plastic and fitted with a soft, rubbery strap.

This strap - which completely envelops the watch and protects it from bumps and drops - is interchangeable and available in two different color schemes, namely watermelon / teal and night sky / neon yellow.

The straps look playful and attractive and are 100% child-friendly.

The only drawback is that if you have a child who is approaching their teens, the tape may at some point become too childish.

Fitbit account

If you're a parent who wants to set up Ace 2 for your child, you will need to register your own Fitbit account.

From here you can add one or more child accounts and then link the Ace 2 to your phone so it can sync and you can stay up to date with their progress.

Waterproof

Did you know that the Fitbit Ace 2 is even waterproof?

It can be submerged in up to 50 meters of water without any problem, so there is no reason to take it off, even when your child is in the bath or during a swimming lesson.

Fitbit ace 2 waterproof and safe for kids review

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Alarm and sleep recognition

You can even set alarms and timers for your child from the app and track his or her sleep patterns.

However, you should keep in mind that your child can easily remove the Ace when going to bed, which will suddenly prevent you from snooping around in their dormant activities!

If you are a parent who is already an active Fitbit user, this is of course a perfect product.

You can create a family unit that not only creates a benign rivalry between you and your children, but also allows you to monitor their progress and make sure they get enough exercise.

Check the latest prices here

Best kids smartwatch with SIM card: WillowWind One2Track Connect Go

Best for text and chat

One2Track connect go smartwatch child with calling function

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Benefits

  1. to call and to receive calls
  2. send text messages
  3. follow your child
  4. oh, and read the time of course

Although the Mr Safe above also has a calling function, the possibilities to keep in touch with the One2Track are just a little better. 

The Connect Go model is on the pricey side, but you are right a smartwatch that has a lot more to offer, it is also intended for slightly older children than those of Mr Safe.

This is reflected in the somewhat tougher design (which is a bit less robust) and of course also in the function for texting, because this is certainly not possible for smaller children.

If you want to be sure of a good connection with your child, this is your best choice.

Installation is actually quite easy and comes with extensive instructions explaining how to do this.

As soon as you have charged it, you can give it along, you can install the accompanying app on your phone, so that you can keep track of settings and possibly follow your child.

Another handy option of the app is to immediately see the calling credit of the corresponding SIM card.

You can also top up the credit directly via the app so that your child is never without it in important situations.

The watch is particularly useful for parents who want to offer their child the opportunity to make calls without having to give them a cell phone already.

For example, from the age of 8, where they independently travel great distances in the neighborhood, but are actually still too young for a telephone.

The tracking function is particularly useful for slightly younger children, although I would rather go for the Mr Safe for smaller children.

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Best kids smartwatch for games: VTech Kidizoom DX2

The best smartwatch for your child

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 pink - Smart Watch

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Judgment

Reasons to buy the VTech

VTech has created the ultimate kids smartwatch, which has a lot of cool features but doesn't cost too much.

This watch has a camera for taking photos and videos, a motion sensor for activity tracking, and a variety of games and apps to use.

It's actually just as great a device as the special Vtech kids tablets out there which I wrote about before.

You can download all your favorite games and apps to customize your son or daughter's smartwatch.

And since internet connection is not possible on this watch, you can let them play with it with confidence.

Vtech Kidizoom DX2 review

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Improved functionality

This cool DX2 is the new version of the KidiZoom Smart Watch.

The VTech KidiZoom smartwatch DX2 has been improved over its older brother - the DX - because the DX2 has two cameras, for selfies and photos.

But under the hood it is also a lot faster, so that it can handle updated games and is completely ready for your own Augmented Reality games, just like Pokémon Go.

I think this smartwatch is suitable for children from the age of 4 and can be fun up to the age of 8.

What features does the VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2 have?

The features of this DX2 smartwatch are an awful lot:

The smartwatch has quite a large memory, of 256 MB: your child will be able to download a lot of games, but also upload his own videos and photos.

He can then share this with a PC, using the supplied USB adapter.

You can therefore easily download all his favorite games, but also apps, on this smartwatch to fully adapt the smartwatch of your son or daughter to his or her taste.

Very nice for your child is that his photos are editable, just like it is possible in Snapchat!

The best educational apps in a smartwatch

As for the educational options, VTech is known for combining fun with learning, in a very creative way.

This watch offers many learning opportunities and also teaches your child to think logically in a playful way.

If your child wants to learn to tell the time, the DX2 will help them too! Your little one can switch the dials between digital and standard dial and the time can be spoken aloud.

Children nowadays - just like us adults - spend way too much time sitting behind a screen, with the tablet or at the PC.

In any case, this watch also takes care of it that your child stays nice and active.

Vtech also has the pedometer and some nice features to boost sports, but they've mostly focused on games, with some active (AR) games, which can add a nice extra dimension (literally!).

It is the most comprehensive and cool smartwatch for your child, due to its many fun functions and educational features.

And fortunately it can take a beating, it has been taken into account that even the younger kids will probably wear this 'smart watch' all day, even while playing outside.

So romping shouldn't be a problem with this watch on your wrist.

The town of [email protected] Park more games, clock displays and photo effects can be downloaded, how cool is that?

View the Vtech Kidizoom here

Best cheap smartwatch for child 10 to 12 years: Amazfit Bip

A cheap activity tracker with heart rate monitor

Best cheap smartwatch for kids 10 to 12 years old

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Judgment

This one is more suitable for older tweens and teens who are no longer interested in taking selfies and playing games, but looking for a cool watch to measure their athleticism.

Most everyone I have spoken to finds the app particularly convenient to use, but it is essentially an adult watch ...

You will not find any child-friendly settings here.

The GPS is good, but not for you to track your child, although a helpful tip is to arrange to have them share their history with you from time to time if you want some control over where they go.

At 31 grams it is one of the lightest watches I have come across, so it won't get in the way, handy for your kids who REALLY go for top sport.

Compatible with both Android and iOS8 and above, it's the first on my list to have a good heart rate sensor, while also showing notifications for calls, texts, emails and other mobile apps.

It probably won't appeal to younger kids, but the Amazfit Bip is a great smartwatch for teens interested in walking, running, and more (60 sports fashions!).

Improved readability

The first version of this Amazfit Bip was sometimes a bit difficult to read. This new version has made huge leaps in the display so that you can now also see your historical performance on the watch and you do not need your phone for everything.

It doesn't have an OLED display, so the brightness can be a bit disappointing, but that's also where its low price tag comes from.

This usually means that you cannot read your watch properly on a sunny day.

And that is EXACTLY when you want to go out and exercise, right?

They solved this by using a transflective color display that can also be seen in bright sunlight.

A waterproof sports watch that is so accurate and also has smart functions such as reading texts and seeing conversations, WOW!

Check the latest prices here

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Kids Smartwatches Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have answers to 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. In addition, parts can be expensive.

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

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.

Is an Apple Watch Good for a Child? Contrary to popular belief, Apple Watch - alone with your child can REALLY work as a replacement for carrying a cell phone. It works even better for a younger person who hasn't yet become addicted to the full power of a smartphone.

Are smartwatches dangerous?

The smartwatches may help with day-to-day operations, 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 knowledge about the harmful nature of smartphones.

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.

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 come out that there is no danger at all. The National Cancer Institute states, “Studies so far have not shown a consistent association between smartwatch use, or cell phone use, and cancer 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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How we picked the best smartwatches for kids

We have researched and compared more than thirty different smartwatches for children.

To make sure we've chosen the cream of the crop, we've kept in mind the factors that matter most to parents and children.

For every smartwatch we considered, we looked at things like price, features, functionality, durability, and usability.

In addition to exploring the details of each smartwatch, we also went through online reviews from customers and experts.

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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 around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.