May 21, 2024 - News

A smartphone alternative

Rainbow colored smart watches on display

The Alcatel CareTime kids' smartwatch. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Some parents are holding off on smartphones for their kids and giving them smartwatches as an alternative.

Driving the news: Devices like an Apple Watch or Verizon GizmoWatch still allow texting, calling and tracking without access to mindless scrollling apps like Facebook and Instagram.

What they're saying: "With fewer games and tiny screens, smartwatches can be less distracting than standard smartphones," writes New York Times' Wirecutter.

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