Christmas is approaching, and your child may be asking for a new device.
Deciding when to get them a device of their own is a topic we previously covered in this article. We weighed the pros and cons of providing your child with a smartphone: the safety of knowing they can easily call or text you if they need help, versus the concerns parents should have around giving their children an internet-connection they can take and use anywhere.
We’re always looking for new solutions to the many problems of the online world – so let’s take a look under the hood…
‘Spacetalk’ fits the major features of a phone into a tiny, watch-sized device. This syncs with the AllMyTribe app – available on Android and iOS – which lets parents monitor their kids, and set their child’s Spacetalk settings to their liking.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features:
Just as important as what Spacetalk can do is what it can’t do. In fact, it’s the the features that the developers have forgone that make it so perfect for kids.
For a start, Spacetalk is internet-free. You can’t surf the web, watch YouTube videos, chat with anyone who isn’t in the parentally-controlled contact list, play games, or install any form of social media. Not only can unmonitored internet access be potentially dangerous for kids, but it can also be a huge distraction – making Spacetalk the perfect device for school, home, and hanging out with friends.
If distractions for your child during school time is a concern for you, it’s also worth noting Spacetalk’s ‘School Mode’ feature. This silences the watch during class time to help them (and others in the classroom) concentrate.
Spacetalk puts all the essentials into a small, durable device to let kids be kids without all the bells and whistles.
After our first review of Spacetalk smartwatch, we would have to say that it appears to be a tremendous step in the right direction for kids’ tech.
The only real concern is, of course, the GPS. While this is designed specifically to keep your kids safe, if this was compromised, your child’s real-time location would be available to anyone who wanted to hack into it. Although, to their credit, MGM Wireless have addressed this, and stress: “Your privacy and security are assured – all data is hosted in Australia in highly secure data centres.”
It is our opinion that the creators have put a great deal of effort into ensuring that kids have everything they need to stay safe and have fun, without any of the distracting or dangerous features of smartphones.
That being said, given that this smartwatch has been stripped down to its bare-bones essentials, and doesn’t come with games or internet access, it might not be the best stocking stuffer for you child on Christmas morning…
All in all, we rate this new smartwatch very highly, and would recommend it as a great alternative for kids who need a device of their own, but aren’t quite ready for a smartphone.
You can find out more information, and updates, on the Spacetalk website.