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Keep a “Watch” on Your Kids

We took the TickTalk 3 kid’s smartwatch for a test.

With today’s tech, it’s great to be able to stay in touch with our kids no matter where they are or where we are. Problem is, many of us don’t want to hand our six-year-old a smartphone. That’s where a smartwatch might be a great option. I took the TickTalk 3 kid’s smartwatch for a test.

Tech Dad Tick Talk watch

The TickTalk 3 is the first TickTalk smartwatch to include a camera. Some may have security concerns with a camera on your kid’s wrist, but it allows parents to video chat with the little ones. You’ll have to use the TickTalk app on your phone to make a video call with the watch, but that means only Mom and Dad can video chat with the kids. In my testing, I thought the video quality was OK—pretty much what I expected from a kid’s smartwatch, and certainly not the quality you get from an Apple Facetime call.

The features from the previous TickTalk watches are still packed in. You can call people who Mom and Dad preselect via the app. Same with receiving text messages. The TickTalk 3 also gives kids the option to send messages back. Parents have the added benefit of being able to set up reminders to pop up on their child’s phone.

The most important feature, in my mind, is that you can locate the watch at any time. You can also look at the location history to see where your child has been. This is clutch for any parent who wants peace of mind.

TickTalk 3 is designed to work with a pay-as-you-go SIM card. Plans are as cheap as $10 per month—that covers a decent amount of talk, text, and data.
My only complaint is that the newest TickTalk 3 is a bit chunky. On the tiny wrist of a child, I think it looks a bit big. Otherwise, it’s a great option for any parent who wants to keep in touch with their kid without handing over a full-featured smartphone.

The TickTalk 3 sells for $170 at

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