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Feb 13, 2018

This smartwatch for kids is adorable but probably not a great idea

Omate has teamed up with Nanoblock to launch a new smartwatch for kids called the Omate x Nanoblock. It’s an adorable watch with colorful blocks arranged on the wristband. I’d wear it if I were a kid, especially because it has a built-in selfie cam. Even though I find it cute, you should probably still avoid strapping any smartwatch to your kids.

Germany’s telecommunications agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, banned smartwatches for kids in late 2017 and asked parents to destroy them. The agency particularly took issue with microphones on the watches. Meanwhile, the European Consumer Organization’s (BEUC) previously announced that smartwatches pose a security threat to kids’ privacy. The BEUC warned that GPS-tracking smartwatches could be...

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