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Kids Smartwatch or Smartphone? 10 Reasons Why We Should Not Be Giving Our Children Smartphones.

Kids Smartwatch or Smartphone? 10 Reasons Why We Should Not Be Giving Our Children Smartphones.

If your child is of primary school age and nearing the inevitable request for a smartphone, it's crucial that you continue reading.

Scientific evidence highlighting the risks associated with young children using smartphones is growing rapidly. At the same time the onset of smartphone usage and ownership among primary school children is occurring at increasingly younger ages. This is creating worrying times for parents of young kids, confused about how best to navigate their child safely into the digital age we now live in.

Smartphones, once considered a luxury, have started to become common place with the youngest members of society. This has all been too much for one pair of mothers. Recently friends Clare Fernyhough and Daisy Greenwell made National news in February this year with their decision that enough was enough. They started a WhatsApp group to support each other, and anybody else who might be feeling the same, in the decision to hold off on buying their kids smartphones.

To their amazement, within 24 hours, thousands of other parents had joined the group after an Instagram post by Daisy went viral. Fast forward just a month and the community has grown to over 20,000 worried parents, spanning every county in the United Kingdom from Cornwall to the Highlands and Islands.

Parents are right to be worried as growing evidence suggests that this early exposure to smartphones can pose significant risks to a child's physical, mental, and emotional development.


The Dangers of Early Smartphone Use


  1. Increased Risk of Depression and Anxiety Research indicates a correlation between smartphone use in children and an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
  2. Risk of Addiction Smartphone use in children can lead to smartphone addiction, characterised by withdrawal symptoms, loss of control, and negative consequences on daily life.
  3. Impact on Social Skills Smartphone use may hinder children's development of social skills and face-to-face interactions, leading to difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships.
  4. Exposure to Inappropriate Content Despite parental controls, children may still encounter inappropriate content, including violence and explicit material, while using smartphones.
  5. Cyberbullying Smartphone use exposes children to the risk of cyberbullying, which can have detrimental effects on their mental health and well-being.
  6. Decreased Cognitive Development Studies have shown that smartphone use in children can lead to decreased cognitive development, including reduced attention span and impaired executive function.
  7. Physical Health Risks Smartphone use in children has been linked to obesity due to decreased physical activity levels.
  8. Sleep Disturbances Exposure to smartphone screens before bedtime can disrupt children's sleep patterns, leading to difficulties falling asleep and poorer sleep quality.
  9. Poor Posture and Musculoskeletal Issues Prolonged use of smartphones can lead to poor posture and musculoskeletal problems in children, including neck and back pain.
  10. Delayed Speech and Language Development Excessive screen time, including smartphone use, has been associated with delays in speech and language development in young children. 


Introducing Xplora Smartwatches: A Safer Alternative


In response to these concerns, at Xplora we remain committed to supporting parents through to at least secondary school by providing award winning safe smartphone alternatives, trusted by over 2 million parents worldwide.

Xplora smartwatches offer a range of features tailored to meet the needs of young users while prioritising their safety and well-being.


Key Features of Xplora Smartwatches


  1. Communication Xplora smartwatches allow children to stay connected through voice calls and text messages, providing a sense of security without the distractions of social media and internet browsing.
  2. GPS Tracking With real-time GPS tracking capabilities, parents can monitor their child's whereabouts and set safe zones, ensuring peace of mind while allowing children the freedom to explore their surroundings.
  3. Parental Controls Through the Xplora App, parents have full control over the features and contacts accessible on their child's smartwatch, protecting them from any unwanted contacts.
  4. School Mode All our smartwatches feature a school mode that disables the core functions of the watch during class hours, fostering better focus and academic performance.
  5. Activity Tracking Encouraging physical activity, Xplora smartwatches track steps to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among children. Steps are rewarded with virtual coins that kids can use in our Xplora Activity Platform.
  6. Camera Each smartwatch also comes with an array of additional features the kids can have fun with including a camera. This can be used to take short videos, take photos and either send messages with them or store them on the device.


Scientific Support for Xplora Smartwatches


Numerous studies support the benefits of wearable technology, such as smartwatches, in mitigating the adverse effects associated with early smartphone use in children:

A study published in the Journal of Paediatrics found that children who used wearable devices, like smartwatches, showed improved physical activity levels and reduced sedentary behaviour compared to those using smartphones.

Additionally, research conducted by the American Academy of Paediatrics suggests that wearable devices with parental controls offer a safer alternative to smartphones, allowing children to stay connected while minimising exposure to online risks.

Furthermore, according to a study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, parental monitoring and communication through wearable devices promote positive parent-child relationships and foster a sense of security in children.  


Conclusion: Empowering Children in the Digital Age


In a world dominated by technology, it's essential to recognise the potential dangers of early smartphone use in children and explore safer alternatives. Our smartwatches offer a compelling solution, providing the connectivity and functionality children desire while prioritising their safety, health, and well-being.

As parents, educators, and caregivers, it is our responsibility to equip children with the tools they need to navigate the digital landscape safely. By delaying smartphone use in our young kids, we can empower children to thrive in the digital age while safeguarding their physical, mental, and emotional development.



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