Announced at Apple’s September 15 event, cellular Apple Watch Series 4 and later can now be worn by children and managed by their parents.
The new Family Setup feature from Apple means that children can wear an Apple Watch giving what Apple calls “greater independence,” while “you have the comfort of knowing they’re just a call away.”
For parents, Family Setup means that they can have location notifications so that they know when their children arrive where they’re supposed to be going. For the children, the Watch offers most of the functions of a regular Apple Watch including health tracking and fitness workouts.
There’s also a special Do Not Disturb option called School Time mode, which restricts the use of the Watch in order to help kids concentrate on their work.
The children don’t have to have an iPhone, but the Family Setup option requires a cellular Apple Watch. It isn’t clear beyond cellular, what is required for compatibility.
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