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Tesco’s IMO S2 with monqi reviewed, plus more tech for kids

A new child's smartphone promises parental control and peace of mind, but does tech for kids really measure up?

In November, Tesco announced it would be stocking the IMO S2 with monqi, designed to be a child’s first smartphone. It’s powered by monqi technology, a childproof operating system that protects children from accessing unsuitable content, including apps.

It’s one of a number of tech products released recently with kids in mind – from fitness trackers and toothbrushes to tablets and headphones. But how good are they at keeping the little ‘uns entertained, and offering peace of mind to parents?

We’ve been hands-on with the IMO S2 to find out, plus below we round up a range of other popular tech for kids.

See what we thought in our review of the IMO S2 with monqi.

IMO S2 with monqi review

The IMO S2 with monqi aims to keep both parents and children happy, and it may just provide the best of both worlds for only £109. The behind-the-scenes parental controls aim to give children the freedom of a smartphone while giving parents full access to their activity.

The monqi technology is set up manually on the smartphone, and by pairing it with their own monqi parent app, parents can restrict and monitor how their child is using their IMO S2, such as by limiting screen time. Parents can also access their child’s location and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that all internet results, including videos on YouTube, are filtered automatically. Our first look review of the IMO S2 with monqi reveals how effective these child safety features really are.

Outside of parental controls, we know other functions including how long the battery lasts, are important for parents. We’ve tested some of the best smartphones for kids at our labs to give you a snapshot of what to look for.

Read on for more popular tech for kids, and click through to our reviews to see if they really deliver.

Fitness trackers for kids

Garmin Vivofit Jr 2

The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is a colourful companion to a child’s daily activities. Suitable for kids aged four and upwards, it comes with a stretchy band or an adjustable watch, both of which are available in Disney, Star Wars or Marvel designs. It can track steps, record sleep data and log activity durations. Much like the IMO S2, it also has a companion app for parents, which allows children to be rewarded with coins or games on the app for completing tasks. 

Fitbit Ace

Aimed at slightly older children aged eight and older, the Fitbit Ace is a sleeker activity tracker that maintains child-friendly functionality. It has an adjustable strap and OLED display with two colour options of power purple and electric blue. This activity tracker has both a parent and child view in the Fitbit app, giving children access to the statistics and the badges they can earn with activity. There’s also ‘Fitbit family’ in the app, where other Fitbit trackers can be added and linked for family competitions.

The Oral B Junior child’s toothbrush

The Oral B Junior is packed with features designed to make brush-time a blissful experience. It’s aimed at kids aged six and older and comes in two colours – green and purple. It’s slightly slimmer and shorter to suit children, with features such as a battery status LED to remind children when it needs recharging. 

JVC’s Tinyphones

The JVC Tinyphones are over-ear headphones which mix vibrancy and safety, and are aimed specifically at children. What makes them child-friendly is their volume limiter, which works to protect children from hearing damage. They’re available in a range of colours, including a pink and mauve variation, for the affordable price of £15. 

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

If you want to give a child the freedom of a tablet but want extra protection, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is an option for you. It comes with a built-in protective case and a two-year ‘Worry-Free’ guarantee of replacement should your child suffer a mishap while using it. 

Browse more child-friendly tablets in our guide to the best tablets for kids

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