We all know that some parents want to slap a wearable on their kids purely so they know their GPS location at all times. And that's useful for the adults (who also happen to be the ones paying for the thing), but what about the kids? Smartwatches for children can be fun, too.
So, here's our pick of the best smartwatches for kids. Some of them also handle activity tracking or GPS, but all of them provide something extra that will keep everyone happy.
VTech Kidizoom DX
At the budget end, we have the Kidizoom DX. It wants to get kids active and tries to do so with a selection of motion-based activities, but there are also extra features like maths challenges with a digital owl. Available in a range of colours, the main appeal here is that the smartwatch features a built-in camera with fun photo effects, frames and filters to choose from. Aimed at 4–9 year-olds.
For those in the US, there's also the Kidizoom DX2, which features cameras, customisable watch faces and a range of games.
Omate Wherecom K3
Omate's K3 looks like a funky all-rounder with a bright yellow, blue or pink plastic case and rubber band. There's GPS, a microSIM card slot, a mic and 3G to keep your 6-10 year-old connected without the need for a smartphone.
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Plus, as well as a pedometer and Android 5.1, there are pre-installed games which can be played against other K3 owners over Bluetooth. The price isn't bad, either, if you're able to actually track down one of the devices.
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The self proclaimed 'most advanced kids smartwatch' (and most expensive choice here) was a Kickstarter success and is now available to pre-order. It's true that it basically has everything – GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in camera for video calling and Tamagotchi-style activity games via a feature called DokiPet. There's also a colour touchscreen (pretty standard) plus text and emoji messages and an SOS alarm for safety.
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It's IP65 water resistant, available in yellow, pink, blue and dark grey with cute DokiWatch charms available to customise it and lots of watch face wallpapers too. This is suitable for 6–12 year-olds.
This friendly kids smartwatch puts safety first, but it's also small and light at just 40g, so your kid shouldn't mind wearing it. Plus, thanks to an e-paper screen, the battery lasts for up to 60 hours – much longer than colour touchscreens. As well as GPS location tracking and a panic feature, hereO watches let children send messages to family members with one click. For ages 3 and up.
No grown ups allowed
LG GizmoPal 2
A redesign of the smaller predecessor, LG's GizmoPal 2 offers built-in GPS tracking and geofencing capabilities when worn.
Perhaps most importantly, though, is the watch's ability to work as a phone, with wearers able to dial up to four predetermined numbers. As far as the fun for kids goes, the watch offers a voice clock and brings one of the more sophisticated designs in this area, despite being recommended for anybody above 4-years-old.
As this is offered through US carrier Verizon, watch out for the $5 monthly subscription.
A shout out for the XTC Y01
This is unlikely to be a helpful recommendation unless you're reading this from China. But we're including it here because this budget kids watch was actually estimated to be the fifth bestselling wearable in the world in the third quarter of 2015, according to IDC's tracker.
It costs ¥796.00 (about $125) and includes GPS, a nano SIM slot and for fun, micro chats so that kids can stay connected to their friends. We'll let you know if the Y01 goes international anytime soon.