Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids

Pretty much since cell phones became popular in the late 90’s, we’ve seen them try these “simplified phones” for kids that limit who they can contact. In theory it sounds good, but they’ve never been successful.

Most likely the reasons are simple. Very young kids aren’t responsible enough to carry the thing around and not lose it, especially when playing outside. Older kids want a real phone.

Also, now even very young kids play on tablets and phones, even if they are wifi only and parents can easily send them messages to those devices. Add in that parents today simply don’t let kids roam nearly as much as in the past to the point kids don’t even walk down the sidewalk and knock on a friend’s door without scheduling it first, so who…
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