Our 9yo uses a Gizmo watch. It’s a smart watch that lets wearer send basic texts, voice calls to 5 preprogrammed #s (she holds watch up to face to talk and hear), receives SMS from a companion app. The app also lets you track watch location. No games or 3rd party apps to distract her during school. Charges via USB. It’s been great. Our daughter asks for a phone, which we’re not ready to get her. Having the Gizmo as a middle ground has been helpful to giving her more autonomy. It also let’s her start taking responsibility to keeping track of it, charging it, and using it only when she needs to.
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