There are some pretty nifty digital smartwatches and GPS trackers in Hong Kong. Smartwatches don’t just have to be for the grownups in the family; they are great for kids too. Many display the time and have educational (and fun) games, selfie modes, music, messaging, and activity tracking to keep those little feet moving. There are also many perks for parents, such as emergency calling, GPS tracking, and SOS buttons to ease anxious minds.
It’s probably your worst nightmare to go shopping in Causeway Bay or IFC Mall; your little one gives you the slip and is nowhere to be found. Smartwatches are a great way to keep track of your little ones when they’re at school or out and about with friends. You can program up to five numbers and teach them how to show and tell – show a safe adult, ask them to phone mummy or daddy, and then stay in the same place.
Child-friendly smartwatches should be durable to withstand knocks and bumps and offer enough fun features to keep them interested. It will give your kids a sense of independence if you are not ready to buy them a costly smartphone.
Ultimately, they’re a great bit of tech if you want to give your kids a sense of independence but aren’t quite ready to buy them a smartphone. In the Little Steps guide, you’ll find everything from recognizable brands such as Fitbit and Garmin and a range of prices to suit all budgets.
If safety is your top priority, you can buy some smartwatches with additional security features such as geofencing and notifications. These will alert you when your child enters or leaves a safe space; some can also alert the authorities. As with all gadgets, keep the software on the watch and the apps up-to-date to keep it safe from security flaws.
The durable fitness tracker comes in an array of great designs that your kids will love, including favorites like Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Marvel. The smartwatches are swim-friendly and feature a large color display with various watch face options. The Vivofit Jr 3 includes an interactive app experience that takes your kids on a Garmin world tour; kiddos can uncover and explore many exciting new places. Cleverly, it motivates kids to keep active by unlocking adventures and games. It can also attribute chores, assign tasks, schedule alerts, and reward kids for good behavior. Your little one can sync with nearby friends allowing them to compete in friendly step competitions. This smartwatch has no GPS and doesn’t have a touchscreen. It’s ideal for kids who love adventures or need to get more active. From HK$599.
Garmin Vivofit Jr 3, https://www.garmin.com.hk/products/wearables/vivofit-jr3-black-special/
Available in three colors, black and racing red, Minion’s yellow and blue with astro green. The animated clock faces grow and develop as kids exercise throughout the day. The activity tracking will help show your kids how healthy habits lead to healthier lives. They can challenge siblings, parents, and friends to step competitions, earn virtual badges, and celebrate with fun on-screen messages when they reach their goals. You can set their goals to include a healthy night's sleep and targets which you can break down into manageable hourly steps to keep your little person engaged and active throughout the day. The Fitbit Ace 3 is waterproof to 50 meters and has a bright POLED display. It doesn’t have a GPS tracker but keeps your kids active all day. From HK$598.
Fitbit Ace 3, https://www.fitbit.com/global/hk/products/trackers/ace3
Ideal for children between six and 12, the TickTalk 4 4G LTE has an impressive range of features that will appeal to your kids (and you). The watch has two built-in cameras and connects via Hong Kong's AT&T network to be used for voice and video calling and text messaging. It has SOS and emergency to ensure your child's safety, it can stream music, and it has access to social media, games, and the ability to surf select web pages. There are over 20 parental controls, and the child-wearer can only connect with pre-approved contacts. As parents, you can track the watch in real time and see your child's movements, where they have been, and which routes they’ve used. You can also set goals with the activity tracker to keep your child moving and focused. From HK$2739.
TickTalk 4 4G LTE Kids Smartwatch, https://www.desertcart.hk/products/320121911-tick-talk-4-unlocked-4-g-lte-kids-smart-watch-phone-with-gps-tracker-combines-video-voice-and-wi-fi-calling-messaging-2-x-cameras-free-streaming-music
The perfect tech for kids, Kidizoom® Smartwatch DX2 by VTech® lets them take pictures, and videos, play games, and tell the time. The smartwatch is aimed at younger children and boasts a stylish design with well over 50 digital and analog watch faces which help them learn how to tell the time. The watch has two cameras so your little one can capture family videos and take selfies. They can ‘Silly Yourself’ and make lots of fun watch faces. The watch also includes games such as Monster Catcher, an app that uses the camera and augmented reality to help kids find and capture monsters in the real world. Kids can also use the watch's motion sensor for active challenges or tracking daily steps. You can upload photos and videos using the included Micro-USB cable and recharge the battery. The Kidizoom® Smartwatch DX2 is a great multifunction watch designed just for kids! There is an easy-to-use touch screen that is splash and sweatproof. The memory can hold up to 1600 photographs and videos. From HK$359.50.
Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Dx2, https://www.toysrus.com.hk/en-hk/vtech-kidizoom-smartwatch-dx2-1013190.html
The myFirst Fone R1 is a 4G LTE music smartwatch designed for next-gen kids. It combines phone, music player, camera, clock, fitness, and GPS trackers. It's one of the coolest on-the-move entertainment watches your kids can have. The R1 uses advanced GPS, WiFi, and GSM to help you accurately track the kids. By using cellular networks, you can converse through voice or video calls. You can set safety zones for your kids using geo-fencing up to 200 meters from your home by highlighting geo-locations in the iOS or Android app. Your kids can send distress signals through the integrated SOS button. If activated, you'll receive an emergency location alert and a live recording of surrounding sounds. From HK$1188.
myFirst Fone R1 Hybrid Smart Watch, https://www.yohohongkong.com/product/50847-myFirst-Fone-R1-R1-Hybrid-Smart-Watch-Blue-KW1305SB-BE01
These modern watches are versatile; there is a combination of stylish designs that are water resistant and environmentally friendly wear-resistant materials. The watch comes in green, purple, or a fun Spider-Man design. Your kids can make watch-to-watch HD video calls or connect to a mobile phone. Parents can keep an eye on contacts and block nuisance or unknown numbers to keep kids safe. You can also set functions on the watch to ensure their lesson times are not interrupted. The smartwatch supports a high-speed 4G LTE internet network for accurate positioning and stability. The watch is water resistant to 20 meters. From HK$1,999.
Okii Little Genius Z6H Smart Watch, https://www.fortress.com.hk/en/product/z6h-smart-watch/p/12083000
The first kids' smartwatch in Hong Kong to have rotatable front and rear cameras that support video calls and plenty of selfies. The watch has a dual-core CPU, 512+4G memory capacity, so Facebook, WeChat, WhatsApp, Line, and other apps and software run smoothly and worry-free. The smartwatch supports GPS, LBS, WiFi, photo scene assistance, and other multiple positionings for accurate location tracking. The watch can be disabled during class times. You can take pictures remotely, use the face recognition function, and set up unknown number automatic rejection to improve security. Your kids can long press the power button to make an emergency call. There is also a built-in pedometer and sleep monitor to ensure a healthy balance of exercise and rest. Children will enjoy streaming music and watching videos. From HK$528.
Kidkis Throne Rotating Dual Camera Kids Video Watch, https://www.yohohongkong.com/product/56398-KIDKIS-THRONE-Rotating-Dual-Camera-Kids-Video-Watch-Black