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Smartwatches for kids could be a smarter, safer alternative to cellphones

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – As soon as they enter kindergarten, many children start asking for a phone.

A wearable tracker or smartwatch can be a good compromise.

“In our opinion, one of the best things about a wearable is that it gives kids a safer alternative to a cell phone – something that will give parents peace of mind knowing they can always connect with their kids, as well as know they’re safe,” says Ashley Todd, Chief Marketing Officer of TickTalk.

There are several brands of smartwatches and wearable trackers.

TickTalk’s smartwatch for kids was designed by two parents.

“It’s all happening between smartwatches with our free parent app, which lets parents approve their child’s contacts, see their location, block unknown callers from messaging and calling their kids” , explains Todd.

Todd says the TickTalk4 smartwatch has no internet or social media and allows kids five and older to develop a healthy relationship with screens without the typical dangers of cellphones.

“It allows parents to buy a few more years before they have to start having those tough conversations about cyberbullying and the effects of social media on our kids’ attention spans,” says Todd.

Todd reminds parents that regular cell phones are not designed for children.

Whichever brand you choose, a smartwatch can be a smarter and safer choice.

There are questions parents should ask themselves before purchasing a device.

“From a privacy perspective, are the smartwatches you are considering for your kids certified by COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act? There are only a few that are and ours is one of them,” says Todd.

Here are some other tips to keep in mind:

–Make sure your child’s name, location, and birthday information are safe and protected.

— Whether the device has qualities such as location tracking, emergency SOS contacts, 911 response

–And make sure your child will want to wear it every day.

Ultimately, whatever wearable device you choose should reduce back-to-school anxiety for you and your child.

“This was created specifically for children to solve the problem of family ties in the digital age. So it’s something we care about – that the technology our children use benefits them. It shouldn’t it’s about exploiting them or being another thing that parents have to worry about,” Todd says.

You can get good smartwatch comparisons on Safewise and ZDNET.

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