The best kids smartwatches: Fun, games and safety features

Distract them from your Apple Watch with this playful bunch
The best smartwatches for kids
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The world of smartwatches isn't just for grown ups. There are a whole load of wrist-based wearables geared towards younger users, both for a bit of fun and for giving parents some peace of mind.

But trying to find the the right watch for your child can be a tricky task. If your kid is always wanting to have a play with your smartwatch, it's not as simple as getting them one of their own. You'll want something specifically geared towards younger users.

As with any evolving space in tech, plenty of devices over the past few years have gone bust or failed to launch at all. And that's why we're here, to break down the best kids smartwatches you can buy right now, as well as a few tipped to release soon.

Some of them also handle activity tracking or instead prioritize location tracking, but all of them provide something a little different to keep everyone happy. Read on…

VTech Kidizoom DX2

Buy now: Amazon | $47.99

VTech Kidizoom DX2

The Kidizoom DX2 features cameras, customizable watch faces and a range of games. The aim is to get kids active, attempting to do so with a selection of motion-based activities.

However, there are also extra features, such as maths challenges, AR games and a pedometer and crazy sound effects.

Available in a range of colors, the main appeal here is that the smartwatch features a built-in camera, with fun photo effects, frames and filters to choose from. This one is aimed at children aged 4-9.

Apple Watch Series 6 and SE

Buy now: Amazon (SE) Amazon (Series 6) | From $279.99

Apple Watch Series 6 and SE

The idea of handing over your Apple Watch to your little ones has now become a reality thanks to the addition of a Family Setup mode in watchOS 7.

That new mode brings new child-friendly features like activity tracking, the ability to download Watch apps made for kids and Schooltime and Downtime modes to stop them getting distracted when it's homework time. You can also set up Apple Pay to have a certain amount of money to spend too.

It of course works on Apple Watches that run the latest version of watchOS and with two case size options available and a vast collection of bands, you should be able to find something that's a good fit for smaller wrists.

Verizon GizmoWatch 2

Buy now: Verizon | $99.99

The best kids smartwatches: fun, games and safety features

The GizmoWatch 2 is another smartwatch for kids that packs LTE connectivity to make sure your child can always be reached.

There's built-in GPS on board as well so it can be used to always know where your kid is by precisely determining their location. It packs a 1.3-inch 240 x 240 AMOLED display and promises 4-7 days of battery life.

On the smartwatch side, there are basic apps to keep kids entertained, including a hopscotch tracker and voice changer. There's also two-way calling and messaging with up to 10 approved contacts.

The GizmoWatch is aimed at kids aged 3-11.

Xplora 3S

Buy now:| £135.99

Xplora 3S

Norwegian startup Xplora was one of the first companies to launch a smartwatch built specifically for kids, and now it's back with a feature-packed follow-up to its Xplora 1.

With the 3S, there's now a waterproof design and a camera on board for shooting stills, though child safety remains very much at the heart of the device. Features like voice calling, real-time location tracking and the ability for parents to set up safety zones are all still a part of the experience, and the watch managed to perform nicely in our full review, despite the odd hiccup.

Extensive read: Xplora 3S review

Like the majority of the options on this list, bear in mind that the upfront cost also comes with the rolling price of the SIM card support. For now, it's also only available in Europe through the company's own site.

Garmin Vivofit jr. 3

Buy now: Amazon | $79.95

Garmin Vivofit jr. 3

While Garmin's previous wearables for kids have been activity bands, the Vivofit jr. 3 takes the form of a watch with the emphasis on keeping your kids active.

In terms of features, it will work just like a watch letting you set alarms and timers. There's an accelerometer motion sensor to track your steps and enable automatic sleep monitoring.

Unlike the grown-up equivalents, there are also games where you unlock levels by meeting activity goals. There's also the ability to set up chores with rewards tied to completing them and taking on step challenges.

There's also a dedicated ICE screen (In Case of Emergency) where you can store contact information that can be quickly accessed.

The watch comes in a range of different Marvel and Disney themed styles to make this one of the more fun-looking watches to live with.

Coming soon…

hereO V3

hereO V3

With the hereO V2 now sold out, hereO is looking to V3 with its colorful kids smartwatch promising a smaller design and a collection of new features.

Designed for kids aged 3 and up, the new watch features a touchscreen display and LTE connectivity, offering the ability to use GPS location tracking with a panic feature also in tow. As with all previous hereO watches, children are able to send messages to family members with just the push of a button.

Again, as this is a device using both tracking and Wi-Fi, a monthly subscription is also required if you're looking to get the most out of this device. However, there's no exact timings on launch date.

Omate O6L

kids smartwatch update

Wearable maker Omate's latest kids smartwatch is crammed with features once again including virtual SIM support that can let kids make video calls, answer messages for free and share location details if they get into any problems.

Like previous watches none of this data can be compromised as Omate uses end-to-end encryption.

Other features include 1.3-inch display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and removable 20mm strap and comes in black and purple styles. It's launching in the US first for $179 and will arrive in Europe in 2021.

The watch is aimed for kids aged 5-10 and will be compatible with Android and iOS devices.