With Christmas fast approaching we know that the discussion over smartphones may be coming up more than you would like. If your child is ready to take their first step towards independence then you may be looking at alternative options and this is where GPS watches will start to appear in your searches. You may be surprised to learn that staying connected doesn’t have to mean giving your kids a smartphone. But how does a GPS watch differ? This week we want to talk about just how different the two devices are.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA
First and foremost a GPS watch has zero access to social media. None. Social media can have a huge impact on how our kids socialise and develop during these crucial childhood years. Platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram have become very popular with both kids and teenagers alike. They are however a catalyst for cyber bullying and over sharing and can pose lots of risks to our kids.
A GPS watch does not have games. Delving into the world of online gaming can be very addictive for kids and we know that given the chance they will become consumed in them. Here at My Gator Watch we believe that real life adventures are essential to both our kids’ growth and their social skills.
The selfie culture is growing at a rapid rate and the age at which kids start sharing pictures online is becoming younger each year. My Gator Watch does not include a camera for very good reason. It is essential that kids of today learn to be happy with their own reflection. They will have plenty of time to take selfies when they are older.
Another feature that sets a GPS watch apart from a smartphone is messaging. We believe that it is important to communicate the old fashioned way. Either face to face, or via voice and this is why our watches do not include a messaging function.
One of the biggest differences between a GPS watch and a smartphone is the way in which they promote independence. A GPS watch allow kids to get outdoors and take on new challenges without the direct supervision of an adult. Smartphones actually do the opposite as they encourage kids to stay at home and communicate with peers through social media, or messaging instead of getting outdoors and learning about the world around them.
As a team of mums we know all too well that encouraging independence can be really tough. Letting go and allowing your kids to walk to school alone, or go and meet friends can be daunting at times. A GPS watch is a great way to keep track of your kid’s movements and be reassured that they have reached their destination without becoming distracted by social media and games on the way. If they take a detour, then you will be the first to know!
My Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone designed especially for 5-12-year-olds. It uses GPS, two-way calling, works across multiple networks and has an SOS feature for peace of mind. We are incredibly proud of the amazing product we have created for kids across the UK and the EU. There is no doubt that My Gator Watch has changed people’s lives and has brought a new love for life to kids far and wide. We believe that kids should be kids for as long as possible. There will be a time for smartphones, games and social media but that isn’t now.
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If you are interested in buying your kids a GPS watch then we would encourage you to check out one of our recent blog posts How much to you really know about your kids wearable.
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