Tech has been topping the Christmas lists of tweens and teens for a few years now – with smartphones becoming the hot favourite for many children. But when is the right time to introduce your kids to mobile technology? Surely Christmas should be all about board games and novelty pyjamas? But I’ll bet a smartphone for kids is top of loads of Christmas lists. Enter the Monqi Kids Smartphone.
Getting their first smartphone is now a major milestone in a child’s life, something that they negotiate, nag and pester their parents for, for many months and even years before they finally cave in! A survey last year found that the average age for a UK child to get a smartphone is 10 – however, they are browsing the internet as young as five!
There’s no denying that technology is and will continue to be a part of our children’s lives and because of this parenting needs to adapt too – teaching our children to be safe online, introducing them to technology and encouraging healthy mobile habits is now a fundamental part of modern parenting – just like crossing the road or tying their shoelaces!
Parents are understandably concerned when it comes to handing over a smartphone, what about the costs? Will they be safe? What games are appropriate? How do I restrict apps and usage?
There’s a new kids’ smartphone on the market that promises to address these concerns for anxious parents. Monqi looks just like a proper smartphone, with a sleek design and all of the latest features. However, it is controlled via an app (available on IOS or Android) on the parent’s phone. Because the parental controls are baked into the phone itself, they can’t be switched off or bypassed by even the most tech-savvy child – unlike other phones on the market…
The app allows you to parent your child through tech, setting schedules for screen time – no phone during school, mealtimes and an hour before bed for example! You also approve all app downloads and contacts and can even remotely lock the phone if you need to.
The Monqi Kids Smartphone has been awarded ‘Mumsnet Rated’, which means the product has undergone testing by a panel of real parents and children who in turn have then recommended to other mums.
Your kids will love the fact that they’ve got a decent camera and access to the Jungle Store – a curated app store that only contains age-appropriate apps with no in-app purchases or ads. There are 150 free apps to choose from – with all the latest educational games and entertainment, including YouTube Kids.
Rather than being nagged until you give in, why not embrace this new rite of passage this Christmas? With technology like Monqi, you can make that smartphone purchase a positive thing for you and your child.
The Monqi Kids Smartphone is available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse, SIM-free £149.99.