Wearable Devices Made Just For Kids (And Their Parents)
It’s 10pm… Do you know where your children are? If you remember the ’80s (or earlier), you likely recall this public-service announcement—and realize that times have changed dramatically. Today, most parents feel the need to know exactly where their children are at all times, and keeping track of kids’ locations is just one benefit of the latest wearable technology. With these devices designed specifically for kids, parents (and baby sitters) can pinpoint which neighbor’s house they’re at with laser accuracy, count the number of steps they take and calories they burn, and, of course, call or text them—and more.
HereO Two GPS Watch
Kids are tech-obsessed, and although they may be begging for an iPhone or Apple Watch, this wearable offers many more features that help keep parents connected and at ease. With a touch-screen for little fingers plus Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular connectivity, it also has an extended 48-hour battery life AND alerts parents when the battery is low so you have one less thing to worry about charging. This waterproof smartwatch for kids aged three and up allows you keep tabs on their whereabouts without them being the wiser, and the entire family can access its location through the companion app, which gives you instant updates and alerts when the kiddo makes a move.
KidSport GPS Burst
At what age is it time to get your child a phone? This is a matter of great debate. Sure, you want to be able to get in touch with them, but can they be trusted not to lose, break or use their phone inappropriately? With this wearable, you can literally attach the phone to your child’s wrist—and you can do a lot more than talk to them. With the capability to store 16 “safe” phone numbers, set “boundaries” so you’re alerted if your child strays from where they’re supposed to be, give you their real-time location along with a daily history and let kids send you an SOS if necessary, this durable kid-friendly device (which is available in pink, blue and black) allows you to give your kids freedom without sacrificing your sanity.
Garmin VivoFit Jr.
Of course your child wants an activity tracker like yours, and this one was developed with four- to-nine-year-olds in mind. The kid-friendly interface keeps the kiddos motivated with rewards and mobile adventures—and helps parents make sure their little ones get the physical activity they need (and it reminds them to step away from the video games and get moving, as well). Available in a variety of fun designs, this durable wearable can even help parents assign chores and monitor sleep quality so everyone is happy and healthy.
This may not technically be a wearable, but it’s an effective way to keep tabs on anything precious to you. Whether you keep it in the baby bag your nanny surely has on hand (while you’re not with them), stash it in your child’s backpack or sports bag, attach it to your pet’s collar, or hide it in your teenager’s car, this miniature GPS device tells you its exact location in real-time via cellular service that connects with the Trax app. With a battery life of up to three days and smaller than a two-inch square, it’s a discreet and effective way to get peace of mind.