The history of wearing watches dates back to the 16th century in Europe, where they evolved from portable spring-driven clocks. With the advancement of technology, the clocks have changed to smart digital timepieces that not only tell time but also have plenty of other features. Some of the watches have voice, SMS and GPS support while others can even show social notifications. The good thing is that they are not just for adults. There are smart watches specially designed for kids. They feature colorful designs, games, fun activities, and durable materials. Below are the best smartwatches for kids to look out for in 2018.
Popular Smart-Watches Comparison table
|Name of product||Age suitability||Battery||Display Size||Additional features|
|1. Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
|4 to 9 years||Lithium-Ion- rechargeable||1.4 inches touchscreen||· Camera
· Motion sensor
· Five games
· Alarm, timer, and stopwatch
|2. Octopus Joy Kids Smartwatch||Three years and above||Lithium-Ion 75mhA- rechargeable||1 inch- not touch||· Scheduling
|3. AOLEE Kids Smart Phone Watch||4 to 13 years||Lithium-Ion- rechargeable||1.8 inches HD touchscreen||· Alarm clock
· Music player
|4. GBD Kids Game Smartwatch||3 to 12 years||Rechargeable||1.44-inch color touchscreen||· Call and SMS support
|5. GPS LBS Smartwatch Tracker GM9
|3 to 12 years||Lithium-ion- 400mhA||1.92 inch||· Location tracking
· Voice and text communication
· Remote camera
Table of Contents
- Our Picks of the Most Popular Kids Smartwatches
- What You Need to Know Before Buying a Smartwatch for Your Kid
- Our Top Pick of the Best Smart Watch for Kids
Our Picks of the Most Popular Kids Smartwatches
Top on our list is the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Dx. We love it for its multi-technological functionality. Other than displaying time on the little wrists, it has 12 other smart features; 3 fun activities, 5 games, 3 action challenges and a motion sensor. It features a 1.4-inch color touchscreen display and what is even cooler is that it has more than 50 clock face designs for the kid to swap out. The watch is splash proof, but this does not mean that the kid can swim or shower in it (it is only resistant to the common splash like sweat).
If your kid has a passion for photography, this smartwatch takes care of that. It includes a dual 3-megapixel camera with selfie, video and audio recording support. It has enough memory to store tons of pictures and videos. Additionally, it has a micro USB cable to transfer the videos and photos to a computer as well as recharge its battery.
The watch is also equipped with a calendar and calculator, for kids to work out simple arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The watch can also be used as an alarm and a stopwatch. Despite all these features, it is very simple to operate for a child as young as four years. Even better, it is made with the safety of a child in mind- it is bulky, meaning that there is little risk of choking hazards and the strap is designed to be childproof.
- Has fun photo effects, frames, and filters to spice up photos
- Offers a neat learning experience with a feature known as “Fun Time Master,” which helps kids learn how to tell time
- Splash and sweatproof
- Has a built-in rechargeable battery
- Easy to operate and navigate
- Fun and interactive games included
- Looks a bit huge for younger kids
- Difficult to take pictures while the watch is on the wrist
The key highlight of this smartwatch is that it fosters good time management habits by helping the child prioritize expectations and daily routines. It links time through icons, making it easy for kids to read and understand time. By using more than 700 colorful visual icon reminders, it helps to reinforce chores and schedules like preparing for school, taking a shower, time for homework, regulating screen time, washing hands, exercise time and so on. It has gentle vibrations that prompt the child in case a reminder comes up. For this reason, Octopus Joy Kids Smartwatch has been used by many parents globally for sleep training, potty training and for children with hyperactive disorders.
It comes with free access to iOS and Android applications, which a parent can use to set time structures, routines, and reminders. That means that as a parent, you get to set the schedules even when you are away from your child, and therefore, the watch evolves with your ever-changing needs. It makes routines fun as the child gets a notification when its time for a task. Once the job is completed, the child pushes a button to clear the notification and meanwhile, you also get an alert that the task has been crossed.
Other than task completion, it has two other modes- one teaches how to read a digital clock and the other how to read an analog clock. It also features an LCD color display though it is not a touchscreen, a hypoallergenic band that can be swapped, and an easy-to-charge battery that can last for 2 to 5 days.
- Hypoallergenic and replaceable wristband
- Charge lasts longer
- Colorful icons that are appealing to the kids
- A fun way of potty, sleep and other tasks training
- Syncs with a smartphone and does not require a SIM card
- Has a soft and gentle vibration, not sound
- Takes long to charge
The AOLEE smartwatch is an adorable watch with a colorful design and eye-catching icons on a high definition touchscreen. The screen has a level-3 waterproof effect that can handle quick submersions and has a variety of cock interfaces. It is different from other smartwatches in that it has 11 other smart features that give unlimited entertainment. It has the function of an intelligent alarm with an alarm voice recorder, stopwatch, playback timer, and test time settings. It has an inbuilt adjustable focal length camera for taking videos and selfies as well. The child can as well add special effects to the photos such as adding borders and filters.
There are multiple educational games that improve arithmetic and critical thinking ability such as Tetris and Schulte Grid. You do not need to get worried about dependence on the entertainment features since you can mute them from your phone. Another impressive feature is that this smartwatch has an SOS emergency call function with which your kid can quickly and easily call for help. The watch is made of silicone material that is friendly to the environment, soft and does not leave marks on the wrist.
- Long-lasting battery (5 to 7 days)
- Entertaining and educative games
- Fashionable in appearance
- Great for safety when an emergency occurs
- The video camera allows video calls
- High-quality touchscreen
- Requires a SIM card that should be purchased separately
The key features that attracted us to this smartwatch are the two-way call ability, flashlight and its high definition screen with eye protection. With this watch, you and your kid can communicate via calls or SMS, anytime anywhere. It comes with a free SIM card that is compatible with any 2G, 3G or 4G phone. The flashlight function is a crucial highlight if your child is afraid of the dark. It gets useful when the child is studying, walking along a dark corridor or even when they need to go to the bathroom at night.
There are two inbuilt fun games (Copter and Frog Candy) which promote logical thinking and hand-eye coordination. For the little photographer, the watch has a built-in camera that is designed to take and store photos. An additional and neat feature is that photos taken can be used as the clock face. Its Bluetooth support sees to it that you can synchronize the watch with your mobile phone, send pictures, synch phonebooks, and any other necessary information.
- Supports multiple languages
- Comes with a free SIM card
- Attractive, colorful designs
- Allows two-way calls and messaging
- Can be synced with a phone via Bluetooth
- Made of durable plastic and silicone material
- Has exciting and fun games
- Takes quality pictures
- Has only two color choices (pink and blue)
This smartwatch is an excellent pick if you like keeping a close watch on your little one since it is rich in features for parental monitoring. It can tell you the exact location of your child anytime that you want to know. Moreover, it can alert you anytime that the child is an area that they are not supposed to be. All that is made possible by its AGPS and (Location Base) LBS double positioning with real-location and real-time reporting of the routes. The information is sent to your phone via an app, allowing you to take immediate action to ensure your child’s safety.
It takes child monitoring to another level as it enables you to set the school mode period, which does not allow the child to use the watch during class time. On the fun side, the watch features math games that help to develop intelligence and creativity. There is also an inbuilt 0.3MP camera that can take selfies and videos. It also features an SOS emergency calling feature for quick calling when needed.
- A parent can customize the security location range and get alert when the child goes beyond the safety zone
- The phone application can give location history of the last 30 days
- Allows one to set non-disturb periods
- SOS functionality works even on low power mode
- Educational games that increase mathematical knowledge
- Several color options to choose from
- Reasonably priced
- The watch can only save one picture
- Requires a SIM card that is purchased separately
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Smartwatch for Your Kid
Quality kids’ smartwatches do not cost little money. So, there are some few things that you need to put into consideration before making that purchase. Below are tips to guide you in making the right choice.
Touchscreen Vs. Buttons
The ease of navigating the watch depends on the size of the screen, sensitivity and the ease of use of buttons. For a touchscreen, it may be a bit difficult to operate if the screen is not sensitive and has a tiny display. We highly recommend that you get a watch that combines the use of both touch and buttons. It will be more convenient and easy to operate for kids. However, if you would like to stick to touch purely, then take into account the dimensions and definition of the screen.
Battery life and charging
Smartwatches do more than telling time. Some have functionalities that can be equated with smartphones. Because of all these functionalities, it may be hard to find a long-lasting battery. Most of them keep charge for 1 to 2 days at most. For this reason, consider getting a smartwatch that has a rechargeable battery and is easy to recharge using a USB cable.
Kids are hard on stuff, and their broken items are a part of growing up. You will therefore need a watch that is made with quality, durable material, and that is a bit resistant to everyday wear and tear. Preferably, get one that has waterproof features, is made of soft plastic or silicone that is hypoallergenic, and if the watch is for a younger child, do not forget childproof features.
Compatibility with a smartphone
Smartwatches have a lot of additional functionality, and they can even do more when synced with a smartphone. When the two (your phone and the watch are compatible), you can make calls, share contacts, exchange messages, share photos and even more. Some of the watches can also send real-time information on the exact location that the child is at. If you would want all these features, then it would be good to ensure that the smartwatch has means to connect to your phone.
The appearance of the smartwatch may sound like it is essential, but it is the first thing that will determine whether your kid will like the watch or not, even before they understand what it can do. Look for one with an appealing design and brilliant colors that complement the child’s likes and interests. Also, go a step further to ensure that the icons are attractive and the clock faces are stimulating as well.
Our Top Pick of the Best Smart Watch for Kids
Our top pick is the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Dx. We love this smartwatch for a number of reasons. First of all, it has so many functionalities and yet, it is very easy to operate- easy enough for a preschooler. Some people may question the need for a smartwatch for such young children, but this one is a standalone device that will teach a child to master the concept of time. Secondly, this watch is one of the most captivating. It has tens of digital and analog clock faces, a camera to take photos and videos (with a commendable memory to store them), and a number of games to create an augmented reality gaming experience. Most importantly, the watch is designed to be childproof and has little risk of causing a choking hazard.