A smartwatch for kids review + WIN one for your child worth R2699

I don’t have kids and while the idea of getting my boyfriend to wear a kiddies smartwatch so I could track his whereabouts is hilarious, I decided to stay true to what the MoveTime Family Watch (MT30) is made for and asked a friend with a kid to test it out instead. Thank you, Claire and Lily.

👨‍👩‍👧The MoveTime Family Watch, a smartwatch that lets parents stay connected to their child

If you’re a parent you know that you never stop worrying about your children and that keeping track of them can be tough (I find keeping track of my sunglasses a challenge!)  The MT30 gives parents some peace of mind because it allows you to track your child’s whereabouts and contact them with ease plus it also lets your child call or message you.

Easy to set up and use for kids and adults

The MT30 comes in funky colours, has a long battery life (up to 2 days with regular use and only takes 1.5 hours to charge), is water resistant and durable which helps make it kid proof. It is also very easy to set up and use.

Download the MoveTime Track & Talk app (available on Android and iOS) to get started. You’ll use the app to pair the smartwatch with your phone. This is how you’ll change the settings and add contacts.

It is also very easy to use and kids will quickly get the hang of how it works. There are a few buttons, but most actions are controlled via the touchscreen.

Loved the interface of the app – it felt like it was designed by a parent. Easy and intuitive to use. Usually there’s always something annoying about an app, but everything made sense. The options to turn off certain functions on the watch (eg., games and calling certain people) from the app were great. – Claire, mom to Lily (5)

Is your child too young to get a cellphone?

The MT30 smartwatch is particularly helpful if your kids are too young to have a cellphone or if you’re holding out on them getting them one. As a parent you control who can call or message your child and vice versa.

you can add up to 10 contacts

While children can call or message their parents or friends, there is also an SOS button which means they can easily call you in case of an emergency. (We tried out the call functionality in the office, and I felt like James Bond. The sound is very clear and the touch screen allows you to easily answer the call).

Worried your kid will call during school just to say hi?

School time mode can be scheduled and during this time most features are disabled (except SOS). So you don’t have to worry about messages going through that will interrupt the class.

I also liked that you could automatically adjust school times and set times when the watch should be on or off. Great that the parent has to use the app to add the numbers the watch can call – feels like there is a lot of control.

school time mutes some functions

Keep track of your child’s whereabouts

As a parent, you’ll be able to keep track of your child using GPS so that as long as they are wearing the device, you will know where they are. The best part is the geo-fencing functionality that allows you to set up safe zones. If your child goes outside of these zones, you will get a notification.

set up safe zones, if your child goes out of this range, you will get an alert

Set reminders for chores and activities

The MT30 can help with time management with tasks and reminders. This is an easy way to let your child know when they have certain activities and what they need to remember (or is this more for parents?).

helps with time management - set reminders and schedule tasks

What’s the final verdict?

My daughter loved wearing the watch and found it easy to use – she did become a bit obsessed with playing the games though. She wore the watch for the weekend and the calling function was very handy (especially if you are lazy or a bit useless with your phone). My husband and I are always forgetting to put our phones off silent, so when we split up on a shopping trip, I called the watch to communicate with the 2 of them when he didn’t answer his phone. Later that weekend, at a restaurant, I called the watch to let them know the food had arrived as they were investigating something out of yelling range.

While Claire and Lily were out and about, a lot of parents asked about the watch and were pretty impressed with it.

Stand a chance to win 1 MT30 worth R2699!

Let us know why you need this smartwatch for your child in the comments below and you could be a winner. Remember to enter your email address so that we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Competition closes on Wednesday, the 6th of June 2018 and you can enter as many times as you like. The prize is not transferable for cash. Prize courtesy of TCL Communication.

Disclosure: Jade was given the MT30 to test out and will go back following this review. We do have one to give away though! 

50 Comments

  • Reply Kurhula Chauke May 23, 2018 at 09:50

    I don’t have a child but I have a baby sister, since she’s young ( obviously no cellphone ), she doesn’t really understand the concept of time ( darkness outness ), sometimes she goes playing and we have to look to find her to bring her home, so with the watch, the radius feature will help me and mom know exactly where she is and less stress, and can teach her how it works, sometimes she comes back from school and there’s no one t home, so we can just send reminders of where she’ll find her clothes after school ( to change from uniform ) and also, play games ( my phone will be rested at last ).

  • Reply Warren May 23, 2018 at 10:05

    I have an incredibly active six year old who’d love to have a answe watch like daddies. As he’s always trying to get mine. This would have the added advantage of being a GPS device which would put my our minds at ease when we eat out and he’s on the playground.

  • Reply Megan Kelly May 23, 2018 at 10:35

    Oh my word, this looks great and especially handy for travelling with the kids!

  • Reply bychereen May 23, 2018 at 13:30

    Yes, please! Would absolutely love one of these watches… my son is five, and is becoming more and more independent with each passing day. It would be great to be able to keep tabs on him while I’m at work or traveling business – I think that’s invaluable in this day and age! Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Dale May 23, 2018 at 13:39

    So I have a Samsung Gear 3 watch myself and my 7yr old daughter who loves to wear it and play with it calling me from inside our house and speaks to me like she’s in the jungle or busy mall. I’d win it for her as she plays out my battery life (which I dont mind) but I’d also like to wear my watch sometime…lol.

  • Reply Sara May 23, 2018 at 13:44

    My son is very high-tech and he would love this watch. It would also give me peace of mind knowing where he is all the time.

  • Reply flutterbymegs May 23, 2018 at 13:58

    For parents who have kids with anxiety, for moms with little ones starting school for the first time, or for dads who work on a night/day rotation roster, this little device is a serious sanity-saver for everybody!! That’s the beauty of this device. You can stress less when you’re away from them.

  • Reply Sharleen May 23, 2018 at 14:15

    Perfect for me with my grandson

  • Reply Karen Du Toit May 23, 2018 at 14:21

    I am holding out for my daughter and not giving her a cellphone yet. Would love to win this to be able to contact her at school, or that she would be able to contact us in an emergency. Also love the tracking ability.

  • Reply Lynn Botha May 23, 2018 at 14:21

    oh my gosh, this would be so awesome for a worry mom like me. My kids get picked up from school and taken to aftercare everyday. I would be able to see when she has arrived, without having to contact the aftercare everyday, they are probably so sick of me, but I like to know that my kids have arrived safely. And she has just learnt to read, so this would be so nice to be able to send her a message and vice versa. What an awesome watch, I would absolutely love to win this 🙂

  • Reply Liesldb May 23, 2018 at 14:28

    My niece or nephew would love this.
    Honestly, I lost my nephew for a split second at Bounce a few weekends ago – it was the WORST feeling, and I cannot imaging how parents feel when they can’t find their children…

    I literally walked to another net and he had exited the bounce mat and gone in a different direction to me – that is how quickly it happened.

    Would love to send them daily messages and keep in contact because they don’t live in Jozi – really cool watch, and they are definitely too young for a phone!

  • Reply Zzana bhayla May 23, 2018 at 14:33

    This would be perfect for my niece who loves taking part in extra curricular activities and spends a lot of time away from home. This would be amazing to have so that she can enjoy herself and still keep her mom at ease knowing she can check up on her 💕🙌🏻

  • Reply Anita Steenkamp May 23, 2018 at 14:34

    I have a 7 year old, and I struggle with thoughts of her needing to contact us urgently. This watch is Amazing! I know i can locate her when she has it on or she can call us in an Emergency! This is just Awesome, would love it for my Emma

  • Reply JP (@Botha_JP6) May 23, 2018 at 14:45

    My 7 year old son.. a very busy little guy, who decided one day to not get on the aftercare bus because he would try out for rugby!!! Needless to say the panic etc. and he calmy just took the next bus after rugby. This watch would have been a sanity saver.. being able to contact him and even to track where he is would really put my mind at ease.

  • Reply Justin Jacobie May 23, 2018 at 14:54

    I lost my 5 year old daughter at Pappachinos a while back. It remains the worst 7 minutes of my life. Fortunately, after checking all the stores, male and female bathrooms, the kitchen and parking area, I found her enjoying a slush puppy inside a closed slide. This device could have saved that entire scenario, as well as my hairline 😂

  • Reply Nadia Hall May 23, 2018 at 15:02

    I would love this my 5 year old. The extra mutual activities that he does aren’t always held st his school so there are some days where he has to travel with people other then myself or my husband. That alone is nerve wrecking enough 😬 This watch would just bring piece of mind knowing that we can contact each other if need be.

    As an example there, was a small child taking public transport to school the other morning. Needless to say the taxi had an accident. The injuries where minor thank god. The mom only find out that something had gone wrong when she went to collect the child from school and they weren’t there!

    The taxi driver failed to notify the Mom that they were in an accident and her child was actually in the hospital 😔

    So yes this is a definite must have for parents with small kids

  • Reply Cheryldene De Sousa May 23, 2018 at 15:04

    My son starts “Big” school next year & im a nervous wreck, just thinking about it. This watch would be amazing, also the activity reminder for the list of sports he wants to do. <3 also give me some calm when we are out and about because he loves exploring and gives me mini-heart attacks.

  • Reply shellspembroke May 23, 2018 at 15:47

    The kid is walking now and I’m just tipsy enough to lose him. Let’s not kid ourselves.

  • Reply Rushannah Job May 23, 2018 at 15:49

    I need this because my daughter is a walker. As soon as we at a mall or any place really, she would just wonder off away from us. I mean I love the fact that she is so curious about everything but I have this major fear that she will get lost and who needs one more worry in your life. I know what you thinking .. She’s a kid she is supposed to wonder off and for this reason I allow her free reign within my eyes view. But this is not always easy as she has a little sister who wants all my attention. I feel like this watch would help us as a fam to just relax a little and enjoy the outings at leisure without the worry.

  • Reply Anusha Naidoo May 23, 2018 at 15:50

    A absolutely wonderful giveaway thank you
    Will be well used and greatly appreciated for a very active five year old. Kyle is a busy body and takes the dog for walks in the neighbourhood with no permission amongst many other escapades of his. This watch will keep mommy stress free and give a peace of mind at all times.

    A interesting, informative and enlightening review which I will share with my friends and family. Thank you for the giveaway and this review its definitely a must have for all parents.

  • Reply Sheridene May 23, 2018 at 16:44

    I have 2 sons and I spend countless hours worrying, especially while they are at school. This would be awesome to have for piece of mind. Thanks for the review, have had my eye on something like this!

  • Reply Shez May 23, 2018 at 17:24

    Wow the best smart watch I have seen so far…its like having a ‘watch’ nanny! ‘Watches’ your child for you! Something any parent of a young child will treasure given the funny kidnappings etc going on lately

  • Reply Janel Sunderlall May 23, 2018 at 19:18

    I would love to win this watch for my 5 year old daughter. She is in Grade R and i am constantly paranoid about her safety esoecially because i cannot see or be with her till after school. This watch will help me feel a bit calmer when she is not with me and she will also learn how to contact is of necessary

  • Reply Pippa Tshabalala May 23, 2018 at 20:01

    This is one of my biggest fears with my kids. I’ve been looking at these smart watches for a while actually but they’re on the pricey side which is why I haven’t bought one yet. Would love to win this for at least a little peace of mind!

  • Reply Amarinthea Moonsamy May 23, 2018 at 20:34

    We are travelling overseas with our child for the first time in July… winning this will give us a bit more peace of mind being abroad with our most precious treasure.

  • Reply George Nieuwoudt May 23, 2018 at 20:43

    I need this so that I can send motivational messages to my son during the day, he will love hearing Dad’s voice, nevermind showing off to his friends.

  • Reply ragmat Baron May 23, 2018 at 20:50

    I have a 7year old daughter that has been nagging me for one of these devices so it would be so amazing to win this for her as her bday is coming up in june. This would be perfect way for me to be able to track her to see if she got into her taxi safely and arrived at aftercare without phoning the teacher constantly

  • Reply Andrea bester May 23, 2018 at 21:00

    This would be really cool to have .My daughter is definitely to young to get or carry a cellphone around. She is away at school for most of the day & as hard as you try to keep them safe-things do happen.Every parent , aunt, sister etc would love this for the kiddos in their lives. Much needed , but a little expensive for my budget so would love to win this.

  • Reply Anthea Williams May 24, 2018 at 01:08

    I would love to win this for my eldest son, cause he is always out playing with the friends, so I would like to know that he is safe at all times.

  • Reply Don van Deventer May 24, 2018 at 09:19

    My son does not stay with me at this stage, and having this would mean we can stay in contact when he needs to talk or needs help with anything. Giving a minor a phone is way too much of a risk especially since they do not take the care they need to keep it out of view which makes them easy targets. This would help a lot, since he had a phone for this very reason, but do to circumstances he no longer has that.

  • Reply PJ Kleinsmidt May 24, 2018 at 09:39

    For me safety of our kids is one of the biggest concerns in modern times. We need to know where are our kids are during the whole day. Ive been keeping my eye on the tech available for the last year and looking to invest in the tech now or soon

    My reason for wanting to win the competition, I have three kids, so it is a monetary reason im afraid, investing in three watches will cost me a good chunk of my credit card lol. that having said please link me to the retailer so i can explore purchase plans lay bye and selling kidney options.

    If i do win can I choose a pink one for my eldest who is 6, I will buy the boys their own from the retailer (otherwise I would have to buy three)

    pjandrew007@yahoo.co.uk

    • Reply PJ Kleinsmidt May 24, 2018 at 09:42

      my apologies no manners on this post

      Please for any request and thank you for the competition and the opportunity

  • Reply Michele May 24, 2018 at 10:55

    Going to the mall with my 5-year-old daughter is quite an experience, she plays hide and seek under the clothes at the department store, it’s so scary not knowing where she is even for a minute! She is starting primary school next year. My two older children have cellphones and I am able to contact them when they are late after school. I would like to be able to contact my younger girl to make sure she is safe and on her way home too. To be honest, every mom needs this awesome gadget. Whoever wins will make great use of it.

  • Reply Melishia Pillay May 25, 2018 at 08:29

    Hi there. Thank you for the informative review, I enjoyed. I would really love to win one too! The reason is my eldest is about to attend school and this would just ease my fears about so many things. I would have peace of mind being able to pick up his location on my phone and be able to communicate with each other if need be. I am sure that this nifty device would teach him a lot of life lessons too,like responsibility. I’ve been dreading his days at school because of the bizarre and outrage things that could go wrong. With this device my little one could hace a bit of freedom aswell. Ps. I’ve been wanting to purchase one for quite a while now and they aren’t really good for my pocket as I have to purchase 3! Lol Im sure winning this and being able to actually use it will push me into to saving up for a purchase of two more. Thank you again for the great read. Have a power day. ♥

  • Reply kate rieker May 25, 2018 at 16:53

    Firstly my 9 year old son is dying for a watch….. A smart watch would blow his mind. Happy boy aside this watch could really make life alot easier…. I’m a single mom, and as I work some evenings (bills have to be paid) my mom helps a lot with my son… The two of us try to work around both our work schedules and Hayden’s sport, extra after school activities, scouts and the roaring social life of a 9 year old……. Things can some times get confusing 🙂 knowing where my child is at all times would ease my mind during the times I can’t be there with him myself.

  • Reply Rosemary May 25, 2018 at 19:32

    As the working mom of a super busy 7 year old a watch like this would be a life saver. She’s too young for a cell phone and because I’m at work I have to rely on other people to fetch her and get her to her various afternoon activities. I’m always panicking she hasn’t been picked up or is in the right place at the right time. This would be perfect and save me so much anxiety as well as completely making her day and she’s been begging for one for ages!

    • Reply Sam Wright June 11, 2018 at 14:22

      Congrats anxious mom. You’re a winner! I’ll email you to arrange delivery of your prize.

  • Reply Moipone Islam May 26, 2018 at 12:11

    My daughter was invited to her friends birthday I was a nervous wreck from 12pm to 5:30pm worried like hell. If she is okay hubby is always out fo the country for business and dont drive much.

    This watch will help me track my daughter if she is at a friend’s house instead of forcing her to stay inside the house with me all the time. She can fun and I can have peace of mind.

    Another thing She is obsessed about watches lately and learning time.

  • Reply Charlene May 27, 2018 at 01:37

    Wow what an awesome competition. I really need this smartwatch for my daughter, have you ever had those days or weeks where nothing seems to go your way or you just clearly honestly forget things and the week feel like its just dragging oh come on I need a break already, now that happened to me a few times. This watch will really save my life and make things easier for me to know my daughters whereabouts. Expecially with her school activities. Holding thumbs to win this.

  • Reply Nazrene Salie May 27, 2018 at 08:01

    This smart watch could just very well be the answer to my prayers. I’ve been looking at these devices for a while, but with so much options it’s hard to decide! I have a 3 kids and run a small business…with all three having their own school ending times, extra murals, playdates, outings…you name it! juggling it all can be a mission. This watch would be amazing for my 7 year old who is still new to all the juggling and being able to connect with me when the juggling gets too much would be amazing for him. I also think it’s really cool that this watch offers an option for reminders- the kids are always forgetting instruments or sports togs, or, or, or! This product seems really amazing and one us here will be in real luck to win it! Thanks for the review 🙂

  • Reply Seshnie Govender May 27, 2018 at 08:05

    Hi Sam. Love the review and yr blog. Mybson is 9. But still runs away from us in shops..we always having to run after him. He is ADHD is can never sit still. This is a worry for us. Even at school he leaves before his aftercare teachers are there to fetch him and takes a walk on his own. Its a constant worry as to what can happen, with ppl in the world being so evil. We hardly send him to parties because we worry what IF. my mind will be much at ease if he had a watch like this. So i can track him and then he can go out and enjoy supervised parties with his friends. Love that the watch has a school mode and they can still be tracked. As his school does not allow smart watches due to this reason. But this will enbale him to use it to school.

  • Reply Lynnith Andreou May 27, 2018 at 14:37

    Hi Sam, I have 3 active boys, my eldest is 8.5yrs,and he is very busy indeed. This would be a lovely way of getting him to get organized in his school, his routines, and at home, and would be a great way of staying in touch from school, as he has a younger brother with him there.

  • Reply Lyn May 28, 2018 at 14:55

    Hi, my little one is just at the age where she is always wanting play dates and to go home with friends after school. This would bring great piece of mind to worrying parents 🙂

  • Reply Jenny Nieuwenhuys May 31, 2018 at 13:39

    I would love to win this for my granddaughter. With all the afterschool activities, its hard to keep up, especially when things get cancelled etc. this would be perfect for her to contact me in those instancecs.

  • Reply Tanya van der Merwe June 3, 2018 at 22:33

    This looks amazing! Having 2 busy little boys and being such a paranoid Mommy I would love to own these!

  • Reply Yvette Henning June 4, 2018 at 11:35

    Just to be able to track where they are.. especially when going on an outing or something like that.. peace of mind.. this would really be awesome.

  • Reply Johannes June 4, 2018 at 11:40

    this would be so fantastic.. a chore and activity reminder.. that will help me loads.. I can’t keep up 🙂 sharing on twitter @Johannes_pops

  • Reply MHercules (@MHercie) June 4, 2018 at 14:48

    These days one has to be so careful of where you take your child,even to school.To be able to track where they are and keep in contact with them would be great.It would give some peace of mind.

  • Reply MARYKE CIOROVICH June 6, 2018 at 13:02

    Such a fab device!!! My son has been nagging me for ages to get him one! In “THIS DAY AND AGE” it is a great thing to have…just for a little extra peace of mind….and it looks cool as well…which is great for mr Matthew’s “IMAGE” hehehe 🙂

  • Reply Frances Bolick July 12, 2018 at 09:53

    I would love to win this for my little kid. My little one is just at the age where she is always wanting play dates and to go home with friends after school. This would bring great piece of mind to worrying parents.

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