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When it comes to tech, kids these days are ahead of the game. They’re swiping and scrolling and learning in ways that hadn’t even existed years, and in some cases months, ago.
From exercise trackers, to digital atlas’ that teach them about the world kids really do have access to a tonne of information that can aide their development if delivered in the right way.
Fortunately there are some wonderful companies doing just that.
We’ve rounded up some of the great technology that your kids will love playing with and learning from in the gallery below.
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Alcatel 3X Smartphone, $299.00
Many young teens feel pressured to have the latest and greatest technology when it comes to their phone, but it can be daunting handing over a device that can put you out of pocket more than $1k.
Alcatel has recently launched the new 3X, which is redefining what you can get for less than $300.
A great first smartphone for teens, the 3X offers an impressive triple-lens camera, perfect for those who love Instagram or TikTok. It also has face recognition, a fingerprint scanner, and a HD Display, all packaged up in one sleek looking smartphone.
Fitbit Ace 2, $129.
Fitness tracking is not just for ‘sporty kids’. My nine-year-old daughter isn’t a huge fitness fan, but she does love science, so the idea of tracking her steps and how that impacts her health has been hugely appealing for her.
This waterproof wristband fits snugly on kids and tracks their steps. It also comes with a handy timer and stopwatch.
Kids see stats, goal celebrations and parent-approved friends safely.
Magic Adventure Globe, $129.95.
This ain’t no ordinary atlas! By using the stylus, children can tap on the 26cm interactive learning globe to explore countries and capitals, plus experience new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography, habitats and more with audio responses and videos.
With the 7cm integrated video screen, animations and live-action videos fully immerse children in the curriculum to provide a better understanding of the world, through more than 5 hours of high-quality BBC videos.
They can also play three interactive games called Around the World, Quiz Show and Where in the World to explore the globe, challenge a friend and solve mysteries.
Birde Kids’ Streaming, $299.00.
Birde is a world first, Australian designed media streaming player for young children.
Unlike most media streaming devices, Birde allows children the independence to pick what they want to listen to or watch but protects them from harmful content and doesn’t allow access to the internet.
Birde is made up of three key elements – the blue or purple speaker console, hexagonal shaped Birde content Seeds (music, video or audiobooks) and our mobile and TV apps.
Children simply tap the Birde Seed on the icon of the Birde console. Audio plays through the speaker and video will play through any connected device such as Smart TV*.
RockIt Twist, $89.95. Available in stores from October 1
Reinventing educational gaming for children ages four to 10, this new system features light-up controls and 360 degrees of buttons, spinners, sliders and switches which all trigger different moves, providing a unique gameplay experience with a twist.
RockIt Twist comes with multiple games, digital pets and music to help children learn while they play. Twelve preloaded games, across five game play categories, help children learn a variety of skills including literacy, maths, problem solving, science and creativity. Children can even play with three adorable digital pets and nurture them to grow.
Alcatel 3T 10 Tablet and Audio Station, $324.
Kids and tablets go together like peas and carrots. One of the most attractive features for parents is their portability, meaning the kids can be wherever you are while you can keep an eye on what they’re up to online.
With it’s low price tag, the new Alcatel 3T 10 Audio Station is a great option for families. Featuring a 10-inch immersive high-definition screen and dual front speakers and, here’s the best part, a 4,080mAh battery that can last up to eight hours eliminating the constant requests for recharging!
For your little non-readers, voice control is essential for any device, and this bad boy comes with three built-in microphones that allow very young users to access their parent approved content from up to 3m away, meaning even the littlest voices gets heard. No more repeated shouting “WATCH BLUEY” soundtracking your day.