Keep your kids safe with this top tech
Whether they’re chatting to friends online or tuning into cartoons, these gadgets will keep your kids protected. Find out how…
04 Jan 2021
Looking to treat your child to some top tech to help them study, socialise and keep busy? When it comes to new technology, kids are savvier than ever. And the more time we spend at home, the more time they spend in the virtual world on laptops, phones, tablets and consoles. That means it’s never been more important to establish filters, take control of content and keep them safe.
So, here’s a list of brilliant tech to keep them entertained, spark their creativity and curiosity while keeping you in the driving seat:
Spacetalk SP-1009T Kid's Smartwatch
Having a smartwatch is one of the best ways to stay connected to the digital world on the go. They can help you get fit with accurate health stats, let you chat to friends without digging your phone out, or simply check your social notifications. But all of those amazing features can be a distraction, especially when you need to focus.
The Spacetalk SP-1009T offers many features you’d expect from a smartwatch, but puts you firmly in control. You can switch it to silent mode remotely and it doesn’t have open access to the web, so they can stay focused and motivated in school without the threat of cyber bullying and harmful content.
While there may be no open internet access, it does have GPS installed. When you download the AllMyTribe on your smartphone, you can check their location to make sure they’re safe. You can even set up custom zones to get notifications when they arrive home, to give you peace of mind. And if they ever find themselves in danger, there’s an SOS button on the side that’ll call you and emergency services, whenever necessary, with a quick tap. Hopefully they never need it, but it’s good to know it’s there.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
We love Amazon Fire tablets. They make diving into a great book as easy as watching a movie. All your must-see episodes and favourite novels all in one place. The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition offers a similar experience for younger users, with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ included. And it’s a brilliant way to introduce them to the online world in a safer, more childproof environment.
You’ve got full parental control, with the option to block videos and games until reading targets are met (handy on homework nights). Since it’s the Amazon Fire Kids Edition, it also has a child-friendly web browser and YouTube content is tailored to their age. So, you don’t need to set strict filters right out of the box. It comes with a tough rubber case too, so it can take a few drops.
PHILIPS TAKH402BL/00 Wireless Bluetooth Kids Headphones
It’s not just what they see, it’s what they hear. Listening to content, whether it’s music or TV audio at a loud volume can do irreparable damage no matter how old you are, but for kids it’s particularly dangerous. That’s why headphones that are volume limited, like Philips TAKH402BL headphones, are perfect for younger listeners.
These headphones look and feel just as great as ‘adult’ headphones, but they’re limited to 85 dB, so they can’t blast music or watch cartoons too loudly. Elsewhere, they’re Bluetooth-enabled (so totally wire-free) and have a massive 20-hour battery life. That’ll keep them entertained on long car journeys.
Norton 360 Deluxe 2020
Norton has long been one of the biggest names in antivirus software, and Norton 360 Deluxe 2020 has been designed with parents in mind. As well as up-to-date antivirus, internet security and malware protection for up to five devices, it also offers comprehensive parental control.
You can remotely manage the time your kids spend on their devices online, see what they’re watching on YouTube and block apps from being downloaded on their phone or tablet. 360 Deluxe also filters search results and web content, so you can be sure they don’t stumble upon anything harmful or inappropriate.
360 Deluxe also includes location tools that let you know where your child’s phone is and gives you a 30-day history, so you can be sure they’re safe even when they’re not home. That’s smart.