July 16, 2020
Kids today are growing up in a world filled with new dangers. While kidnapping and roadside accidents are still concerns for parents, by far the greatest threat to a child’s safety comes from digital technology, primarily cell phones.
The numbers are shocking: 27% of kids will receive sexually explicit messages before age 15, 40% of children chat to strangers online, 15% actually tried to meet up with a stranger they met online, and 700,000 kids are abused every year, 90% of the time by a close relative in their family.
Here are five kids smartwatch features that can help safeguard your child:
1. Instant communication
At the tap of a button, you can contact your child with voice or video calling, or text messages. Children can also reach out to mom, dad, or any other family member or trusted friend who has been added to the watch’s secure phonebook. Some kids smartwatches, such as COSMO’s own flagship watch, also have an SOS calling function, which prompts the watch to immediately call the parent’s smartphone—a vital feature in case of emergency.
With a 4G kids smartwatch’s GPS capabilities, you can see your child’s location any time of day. Is she in school when you expect? Is he at his friend’s house like he said he’d be? Knowing where your child is offers peace of mind and, more importantly, allows you to monitor potential threats or risky behavior.
With many schools closed for the year, children have no choice but to stay inside and adjust to online learning. For busy parents it isn’t easy to keep track of where the kids are during the workday. Being able to track your child’s whereabouts helps make sure they stay healthy and safe.
4. Limited texting
Texting – a great way to keep in touch but also extremely distracting. The best kids smartwatches solve this dilemma by controlling the types of messages your child can send. They can record short voice messages, which will be sent to the app on your phone, or they can choose an emoji to let you know how they’re feeling. Parents can also enable “classroom time,” which limits the watch functions that can be used.
Although your child can’t send text messages, you as a parent can use all methods of SMS communication: traditional text messaging, voice chats, and emojis.
Parents are becoming more aware of the imminent dangers posed to children by open internet access. But at the same time, kids are getting internet-capable cell phones at younger and younger ages. This counter-intuitive trend points to the desire parents have to stay in contact with their child throughout the day. Communication is key to child safety—but using a cell phone defeats the purpose.
In 2020, child safety experts anticipate a massive shift toward internet-locked devices, like the COSMO Smartwatch. New technologies and services like this will start to combat the trend of online child abuse.
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