We look at good options for keeping your kids connected and safe, and looking after their all-important posture.

A lot of kids have a smartphone, which can open up a Pandora’s box of parental concerns about online safety, social media use and excessive screen time. A smartwatch designed for kids is the next best thing, albeit without the worry. Not only will it look cool at school, it has plenty of features to keep kids engaged and, importantly, active and safe. Check out the Pixbee.

Kids’ smartwatches are designed to provide peace of mind for parents via real-time GPS tracking, two-way talk and text messaging, an SOS Alert button, and none of the aforementioned social media apps or open internet access. Some even feature geo-fencing to create virtual ‘safe zones’, with push notification alerts should your child stray from the set parameters. Most kids’ smartwatches can be set up and monitored using a parental control app.

They also promote physical activity and healthy habits through competitive step challenges, and integrated trackers monitor fitness and sleeping patterns. Some will even keep tabs on your child’s heart rate.
You can also set reminders and alarms for when it’s time for bed, and they’re also built for fun, with games and customisable animated watch faces.

Consider, too, your child’s age when choosing a smartwatch to get the features and functionality that will best meet their needs – and make sure it’s waterproof and has a decent battery life.

PIXBEE KIDS 4G VIDEO SMARTWATCH
Pixbee keeps kids safe and connected with a 4G video smartwatch with GPS tracking, smart parental controls, and no open internet access. 2-way voice and video calls lets kids stay in touch, while real-time location data with safe zones lets parents know where they are. And the free app comes with no monthly fees or locked in contracts – all you need is a 4G NanoSim card!
SPACETALK ADVENTURER KIDS SMARTWATCH 4G
An all-in-one smartwatch with a 4G phone, GPS tracking and no open internet access, the Spacetalk Adventurer is designed for kids aged 5–12 and is the first kids’ watch to include heart rate monitoring. It also features a 5MP camera and a School Mode option that turns it into a regular watch when class is in.

 

Ergonomic essentials

Correct posture and screen positioning is important for young ones – and everybody else for that matter. Not only does it decrease strain during a long session in front of a screen, the physical benefits can also improve productivity and quality of work.

Remembering to always keep the eyeline level with the top third of the screen will foster good habits, and students should take a break from the screen every 20 minutes and factor in mini-breaks throughout the workday. Additionally, always sit with back straight, elbows in, and feet planted flat on the floor.

Good posture lessons learned in the classroom can be implemented at home with the help of an ergonomic workspace. Here are some ergo essentials to get you started:

 

BONELK ELEVATE LAPTOP STAND
Designed to fit laptops sized 11” to 17”, this sturdy stand elevates the screen closer to eye level to decrease neck strain and is fully adjustable, foldable and portable.
KENSINGTON SMARTFIT  MONITOR STAND
A universal platform that lifts a monitor to eye level and holds a screen size of up to 20” and 18kg. There are three levels of height adjustment and the space beneath is ideal for storing accessories.