This list has been updated for 2016, complete with new smartwatches for kids.
Latest Update: August, 2016
Smartwatches aren’t just for adults. Children can get in on the fun too.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to hand your child a $200+ smartwatch in the hopes that they would take excellent care of it.
Luckily, there are watches specifically designed with kids in mind. They feature games and fun activities, colorful designs, and durable materials.
If you’re looking for a smartwatch for your child, then this is a great place to start. Below are eight smartwatches made especially for kids.
8 of the Best Smartwatches for Kids
Please keep in mind, this list will remain exclusive to smartwatches for kids. If you’re looking for a GPS tracker head on over to: The Best GPS Tracking Watches for Kids. We also have another post that discusses the best toys for kids: The Best Toys and Wearable Tech for Kids.
1. The VTech Kidizoom DX – One of the Best Smartwatches for Kids
Ages: 4 to 9
The VTech Kidizoom was one of the best smartwatches for kids ages 6-12. The Kidizoom DX has been updated to include a variety of new features, like more memory and fun activities.
The Kidizoom does not act as a location tracking device. Rather, it is a full featured smartwatch.
The VTech Kidizoom features a 1.4-inch color touchscreen display, with up to twenty different watch faces for kids to swap out.
In addition, it includes a camera with video recording support, a voice recorder, and three educational games. A USB port allows parents and the child to transfer photos and videos to a computer. Plus, it’s splash proof. Sadly, that doesn’t mean waterproof so you can’t go swimming or hop in the shower with it on, but it can withstand a bit of moisture like rain or sweat.
New features exclusive to the DX model include:
- Photo effects, frames and filters to edit photos taken with the watch
- More memory to store photos and videos
- New clock faces including 3D face designs that react to movement
- New tools such as a calendar and calculator
- Eight new games
The original models are still available too!
2. The Tinitell Watch
Ages: 5 and up
It functions as a mobile phone allowing children to call a preconfigured set of numbers. It also allows parents to call their child. For example, a mom can ring the watch to say that dinner is ready, and it’s time to come home.
The Tinitell also includes an integrated GPS module so parents can GPS track their child’s location in realtime.
In a smart move by the manufacturers, the device can be controlled through voice commands. Children only need to say commands like ,”call Mom,” to get the device to spring into action.
There’s a single button on the front of the smartwatch to turn it on or off, and two volume buttons to adjust audio levels. The battery will last for a continuous sixty minutes of talk time, or a full week (7 days) in standby. The exterior is IP57 dust and water resistant which means you don’t have to worry about your children ruining the watch while they play.
The Tinitell Watch has been successfully funded through Kickstarter, and the first models are expected to ship in April, 2015. The suggested retail price has been listed at $179, but that could change before launch.
3. The FiLIP 2
Ages: 4 to 11
The original FiLIP was one of the best smartwatches for kids, so it’s no surprise that the company released an updated model: The FiLIP 2.You can call your child directly by dialing the device, or you can pinpoint their location. Thanks to GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi support you can locate your child no matter where they are – even inside.
Through geo-fencing, you can set up a total of five “SafeZones” which function as invisible boundaries. If your child leaves the area, you will receive alerts immediately.
Unique to the FiLIP is the option to send text messages to the watch, although texting is a one-way feature. Kids can also call pre-programmed contacts using the watch. All contacts are chosen and setup by the parent through the companion app, and your child cannot add their own contacts.
A companion app is available for iPhone and Android handsets. Once paired, parents have “one-touch” access to every feature they need. Plus, it supports multiple watches which is great if you want to track all your kids.
The watch itself is available in several different colors, and has been manufactured with a dust and water resistant body, so you don’t have to worry about it meeting an unfortunate end.
The FiLIP 2 is available now for $149, and the mobile service is through AT&T. Unlike most watches, the FiLIP is custom fit to your child. You’ll need to select the proper size at checkout so make sure to measure your child’s wrist before ordering.
4. The LG KizON
Ages: 4 and up
The KizON, however, is for smaller children. Like toddlers.
At any time parents can open the companion app for Android devices and view their child’s location thanks to built-in Wi-FI and GPS.
Parents can even set location reminders through the Android app, which automatically polls the watch to show them of their child’s whereabouts throughout the day.
Of course, the device works as a phone, too, with parents able to call the watch and children able to call out to predetermined numbers.
The KiZON will be available in the third quarter of 2014 in the US, and pricing has yet to be announced.
5. Leapfrog Leapband
Ages: 4 to 7
The Leapfrog Leapband is a kid-themed smartwatch designed for children aged 4-7.
The idea behind the device is to curb the growing obesity problem by encouraging kids to get active.
It’s first and foremost an activity tracker that promotes “healthy habits” in children through the use of educational and fun games.
Kids get to choose a “customizable pet pal,” similar to the classic Tamagotchi’s. There are eight different pets to choose from including a unicorn, robot, dragon and more.
The best part is that the device is only $39.99 which is relatively cheap compared to some of the other options on this list. Of course, the Leapband isn’t a true smartwatch with voice calling or GPS tracking support — so keep that in mind.
Omate Wherecom K3
Ages: 6 to 10
First things first, the Wherecom K3 from Omate includes GPS, a microSIM slot, and 3G connectivity. Essentially, it can function as a phone for your 6-10-year-old. What we’re going to focus on, however, are the kid-friendly features.
The watch is powered by Android 5.1 (the latest version), but it has a custom interface designed just for kids. They can make phone calls and send messages to restricted contacts, so whoever you give them permission to reach out to.
It comes with a variety of pre-installed apps including kid-friendly games. Extra tools include an alarm, music player, and image gallery. It also tracks the number of steps your child takes thanks to an integrated pedometer.
- Durable polycarbonate case w/ stainless steel buckle
- 1.54-inch capacitive touchscreen display
- 320 x 320 resolution
- Removable bands (standard 20mm straps)
- Integrated mic and speaker
The Omate Wherecom K3 will be $129 at launch. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available to purchase – the estimated release date is late 2016.
7. The Moff
Essentially, it helps fuel a child’s imagination by providing sound effects while they play, and simulating movement.
For example, a child can pick up a broom and start playing it like a guitar, all the while the Moff smartwatch sounds off with guitar chords and a cheering crowd.
The band connects with a smartphone and can be controlled through a companion app. According to the official Kickstarter page, there will be hundreds of different options so children will always be able to have fun with the device.
The Moff doesn’t include a touchscreen, or any GPS tracking features.
Rather, this smartwatch is designed with a classic slap-band so children can easily slip it on or off their wrist. It also uses a regular watch battery, which means it will last for quite some time — and requires no charging.
This kid-friendly wearable was successfully funded through Kickstarter.
8. The hereO Tracking Watch
At a quick glance it looks like a normal watch with a digital clock face. However, the device can be tracked by GPS for up to 72 hours. In other words, you can keep track of your children and their whereabouts — until it runs out of juice.
Because of the design, it looks just like any other kid toy or accessory. That means predators likely won’t have a clue that it’s a tracking device in the event something terrible happens.
The watch will also place a tamper alert if it’s removed by someone, even the child. The alert itself includes last known GPS information of the device when it’s removed. Another panic alert will automatically send location data to a pre-programmed group of family or friends in the event of an emergency.
The device was successfully funded on IndieGoGo, and it will cost $149 at launch which includes the watch, charging dock and three months of free service.
After that, service will cost $4.95 per month. Visit the official website for more info on ordering a hereO.
The Best Smartwatches for Kids
As the smartwatch market continues to flourish, more options will be made available to children (and even pets).
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