Apple watch

Family Setup Models, Best Groups & Prices

Apple Watch for kids is something more and more parents are embracing. The New York Times published an article a few weeks ago on Apple Watch adoption among children from the age of five. Parents find the Apple Watch more suitable for children who want smartphones. The Apple Watch gives kids a way to stay in touch with their parents, share their location, and reinforce their responsibilities without the cost and risk of a smartphone.

Apple Watch for kids

The Apple Watch gives kids a way to stay in touch with their parents, share their location, and reinforce their responsibilities without the cost and risk of a smartphone.

With very limited web access and no social media apps, the watch can be a great starter device for kids if parents are looking for a manageable way to introduce technology early.

Family Setup for Apple Watch

Apples Family setup feature allows parents to set up Apple Watch SE or Series 4 Cellular and above from their iPhone. No iPhone required for family member.

While monthly connection fees are usually around $10 plus fees, T-Mobile offers a kid-friendly plan with unlimited calling and 500MB/month, which is half the price with autopay. It’s handy if you’re already a T-Mobile subscriber and want to save on a watch plan for your child.

There’s even a special mode with Family Setup called Schooltime that limits the Apple Watch during school hours. Parents can manage this remotely from their iPhone.

Child-friendly watch straps

I happen to have a five-year-old who owns my heart. While I don’t think it’s quite Apple Watch ready, I was curious if the watch strap was compatible with child-sized wrists. He gladly let me borrow his little wrist to test it out.

apple kids watch band
My favorite Apple Watch model; 40mm SE with child strap

All the bands I already had were not suitable for a small wrist. However, trying an Apple Watch band specifically designed for kids worked great. For less than $15, this Nike Sport style tape with buckle was a perfect fit.

Best Apple Watch prices for kids

As a trial introduction to the semi-smartphone world for kids, the new Apple Watches can be a bit pricey. A new 40mm Apple Watch SE 2 with cellular costs $299. This is why pre-owned watches with cellular are ideal for the family setup.

Another option is to buy used Apple Watches from places like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Amazon’s refurbished inventory. I found a Cellular 40mm SE for $120 locally, and Amazon’s Renewed Store has very similar offers.

Just be sure to search GPS + Cellular if you want to use Family Setup. Sizes 40mm or 41mm are also more suitable for children than 44mm or 45mm.

Also avoid the Apple Watch Series 3 if you want to set up a watch for a child without an iPhone. You can find models with cellular at low prices, but they no longer receive software updates. More importantly, they don’t work with Family Setup and require the wearer to have an iPhone.

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