The decision to get your kid a phone is one that a lot of parents grapple with. On the one hand, instant connectivity to your kids is great for peace of mind. Life can get really busy, and being able to communicate with your kids about schedules, change of plans, and just generally being able to check-in with them is appealing! But getting your child a phone can also open up a whole new can of worms. Social media has changed the game, and there are just some things that young kids should not be exposed to. Sure, you could find an old brick phone that only makes and receives calls or texts. Kids don't need smartphones, right? But now, there's another option, and it's a game-changer for parents.
Republic Wireless has introduced a new device called the Relay. It's sort of an alternative cell phone for kids! The small device is LTE and WiFi-equipped, and is more like a walkie-talkie than an actual phone.
Relay is a screen-free device, and is super durable, so you don't have to worry about your kids breaking it. It's water-resistant and so small, it can fit in a pocket or backpack without any issues. The best part is, it's so easy to use, and interactions are limited to a single button. Not to mention, it's pretty adorable!
Using Relay couldn’t be more simple—which is why it’s perfect for kids. Just press the side button to find the channel you want, like “family.” Then press the big button to talk to the people in that channel. It’s that easy! And Relay comes with a pre-installed SIM card that lets you stay in touch nationwide using 4G LTE and WiFi. What feature would you like to know more about?
The LTE and WiFi-capable device makes communicating easy, whether your kids are down the street or even in another country. You can even connect Relays to one another, so you can set up a whole system for the family, or friends who you feel comfortable allowing your child to speak to. You can talk one-on-one or in a group, which sounds like those party lines from back in the day!
But if you're worried about having to carry around yet ANOTHER device, don't be. Parents can download the Relay app on Android or iOS systems, and it even comes equipped with GPS tracking. So even if you can't speak to your kid at that moment, you can easily open the app and see where they are.
According to the website, two Relays will set you back $149, plus $6.99 for the monthly service plan. The Relay seems like an excellent option for kids who're too young for a smartphone, but still want to stay connected to family members and friends. And no need to worry about screen time!