October 29, 2020
At the end of a highly unusual year, holiday shoppers are already showing signs that they aren’t looking for the same gifts they were in years past. It’s been a year for reflection packed with changing circumstances and for all of us some kind of hardship.
Black Friday is all but canceled, Cyber Monday has been spread out over a multi week period and that’s not even the biggest change in holiday shopping. This year parent shoppers are looking for gifts for their kids that will address the new normal that started in 2020.
There’s good news! Products that help reduce child anxiety, foster family communication and create safer environments for kids to roam are all incredibly fun. We have looked for and wide for the most groundbreaking products that make for awesome gifts and specifically help with one or more issues that have afflicted families this year.
Here we go!
Clinically tested and developed at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Mightier is a video game that teaches emotional regulation. The game system comes with a heart rate monitor that goes on the user’s arm while they play a variety of fun games.
As heart rate increases with the excitement of the game, the game gets progressively harder. To play the game longer and get further in games, players have to learn to control their excitement, remain calm and lower their heart rate.
70% of families reported decreased behavioral issues after playing just 1 hour a week! The membership based service can be purchased for as low as $28/month when you buy 1 full year.
Spending time indoors is an inevitable part of weathering a pandemic. Books can be a doorway to adventures in faraway places. If your child has developed an interest in reading or if you are trying to encourage one, a Kindle full of kids books could be the answer!
Kindle Kids has curated titles specifically for kids so you don’t have to worry about them picking something too mature for their age. For a limited time get yours for $109.99 on Amazon.
“Built with sleek technology, Specdrums is an approachable musical instrument that provides an accessible, portable, and tactile way for anyone to discover music creation.
Easy for beginners to explore but open-ended for advanced musicians to get creative, Specdrums provides an outlet for practicing music using your hands without loud, expensive, and large physical instruments.” -- www.sphero.com
Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) Original Series for toddlers (12+ months) - high-quality educational content developed by educators and innovators for early learning when it matters the most.
It’s hands-free, worry-free, ad-free and subscription-free with automatic updates. There are three play modes with curated playlists: broadcast for exposure, session for learning and lullaby for sleepy babies.
Get yours on Amazon starting at $199.
Of course no list of child safety and education technology gifts is complete without mentioning smartwatches. The emergence of these devices in the last year has been rapid.
Parents everywhere want to be able to communicate with their kids without all of the baggage that comes with cell phones. Smartwatches are a perfect fit for young kids.
Equipped with 4G connectivity that supports phone calling, texting and even video chat, the COSMO Kids Smartwatch is a versatile device that kids and parents love.
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January 25, 2021
Everyone you know has a phone number that you can call anytime. Everyone except your youngest, most vulnerable family members -- your kids.
It is a sign of our digitally connected times that not being connected feels unusual. If your friend or your spouse doesn’t answer your calls, you begin to worry. But many families do not give their kids phones because of the myriad dangers that come from being over-connected too young.
October 30, 2020
Tomorrow is Halloween! Are you ready? Like almost everything else in 2020, this Halloween will be markedly different from those of years past. Health experts recommend skipping trick-or-treating so that everyone can practice social distancing.
This means costume parties and gatherings are off the table too. So what can you do to get in the spooky spirit? We’ve gathered the best ideas to celebrate Halloween while staying safe. Read on!
October 27, 2020
Technology for kids should be designed for kids. COSMO has heard countless stories from our customers about how they found their way to our business. Almost all of those stories share a disturbing theme -- parental controls that failed, devices that had backdoors, kids that hacked through safety settings, and apps that weren’t what they appeared to be. If this is your story, keep reading.