Best Kids' Smartwatches iMore 2019

Smartwatches used to be an unnecessary accessory that did little more than tell the time. Today's smart watches are all about function, and that includes watches for children that can now do everything from monitoring health to keeping kids safe. We've tested them all and have rounded up the best smartwatches for kids.

Dual cameras: VTech Kidizoom DX2

Staff Favorite

VTech's DX2 is geared toward ages 4-12 and combines safety, education, and fun in one small, wrist-friendly design. Kids can play games, learn to tell time, take pics and videos, and count their steps.

$57 at Amazon

For older kids: Huami Amazfit Bip

Ideal for older kids with smartphones, the Android-compatible Amazfit Bip can run for an impressive 30 days on a single charge. It also tracks heart rate, has GPS, and gives one-way notifications.

$75 at Amazon

Health + learning: Garmin Vivofit Jr.

Garmin's best feature is its battery, which lasts a full year without a charge. Kids ages 4-9 and parents (who can monitor the watch via phone) will love the chore/behavior management app, step tracker, and adventure game.

$66 at Amazon

First smartwatch: Leapfrog LeapBand

The LeapBand is aimed at kids 4-7 and includes 50 active challenges, a watch face, customizable pets, and games to encourage active play and good choices. Parental controls allow you to set designated playtimes and monitor your child's actions.

$35 at Amazon

Best for iPhone users: Apple Watch

For iPhone-owning teens, there's nothing that compares to the Apple Watch. GPS, heart rate monitor, unlimited apps, on-wrist notifications, and more make the swim-proof Apple Watch Series 3 a winner in every regard.

$385 at Amazon

Waterproof wonder: TickTalk 3

This waterproof smartwatch works on AT&T or T-Mobile and is outstanding for holding two-way conversations with kids via video chat. It also features voice messages, two-way texting, a selfie cam, and a child locator.

$180 at Amazon

GPS tracker + smartwatch: Laxcido GPS Smartwatch

A micro SIM supporting 3G networks connects this watch to parents' phones via an app and tracks kids in real-time. You'll also get a step counter, remote voice monitoring, a camera, alarm, voice chat, and an SOS emergency call button.

$98 at Amazon

Inexpensive fun: Hocent Smartwatch

The Hocent smartwatch is for teens. Compatible with iOS and Android, this watch has a touchscreen, sleep monitor, pedometer, camera, messaging app, music player, and games. Add a SIM card and the watch functions as a stand-alone smartphone.

$26 at Amazon

If you want our recommendation

All of these smartwatches are stellar choices for helping your kids do everything from learning to tell time to video chat and play games. My favorite is the VTech Kidizoom DX2 for its safety features and parental controls. Plus, the dual cameras for videos and selfies, plus games and challenges make this a fun watch for kids.

If you're looking for a smartwatch for a teen, the AmazFit Blip is my top choice. It's an affordable, good-looking watch that holds its battery for up to a month, tracks heart rate and steps, and sends one-way notifications.

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