To save you the time and energy of scouring the internet for the best cell phones available for your child, we threw together 5 reasons our Aqua One smartphone should be your #1 choice.
When seeing the kind of kid-friendly cell phones and monitoring 'solutions' on the market, like Palm Phone, Gabb, Pinwheel, and Google Family Link, we didn't feel like they were giving both parents and kids what they wanted or needed. So, we decided to create the Aqua One; the first-ever fully monitored Android phone for kids. So now, when parents are desperately searching for "best phones for kids" they can confidently say our cell phone is just that. It's not a dumbed-down, basic phone that might as well be a flip phone. But, it also isn't a smartphone that throws them into social media and the world of technology without any parental guidance.
Rather than limiting your child from texting, using social media, downloading apps, and searching the internet, which is likely the reason they are wanting a phone in the first place, the Aqua One is the cell phone that lets them do all of that.
We understand the risks that come with unlimited internet access and phone ownership, we just took a different approach with unlimited monitoring access. The Aqua One smartphone provides parents the insight they need to feel comfortable giving their child their first cell phone without having to set parental controls.
Instead, parents can set ground rules for how they expect their child to navigate the internet, how they plan to use each smartphone app, and what they can do to keep themselves safe. We don't want to just offer you a good phone for your child, but the best phone. One that will make this milestone of giving your child their first phone a positive and exciting experience for you both.
The Aqua One is a cell phone with full access to the internet, Google Play app store, texting, calling, downloading, you name it. If that scares you, you're not alone. But, let me tell you how the included Aqua One parental monitoring app will ease your worries.
Let's start with one of the most popular cell phone parental controls: screen time limitations. This has become one of the biggest ways parents approach cell phone use with their kids, especially younger kids. But, in this day and age, that isn't always the most effective solution.
We don't use our Aqua One parent dashboard to set screen time limits because we believe it doesn't stop the bad things from happening it just makes it so that these things can only happen during certain hours of the day.
Now, what about setting app restrictions? With the Aqua One, they are able to download all of their favorite apps so that they can feel included when all of their friends are sending pictures to each other on Snapchat, posting videos on TikTok, or laughing about some inside joke from Reddit.
With so many useful apps out there, giving them a preprogrammed phone with parent-approved apps limits their ability to use these apps to learn and explore.
In addition, the Aqua One does not disable internet browsing, restrict internet access or enforce website blockers. They are able to use Google to search topics they're interested in and visit their favorite sites. Ultimately, they will learn to navigate in a way that is beneficial to their online experience and appropriate for the expectations you have set in place.
And lastly, the Aqua One does not allow for parents to preset contacts or limit who the child can communicate with via texting and calling. Cyber Dive didn't include these restrictive features when making the Aqua One because we believe involvement is the key to raising a digitally responsible child, not restriction.
Now that we've uncovered the reasons we haven't placed arbitrary restrictions like all other "kid-friendly" simple phones, let's dive into what makes Aqua One the best first phone for young children.
What ultimately makes the Aqua One the best phone for kids is that it allows parents to get involved by consistently having access to their child's phone activity. You don't need to download any third-party apps to monitor their activity or manually sift through their cell phone to know what's going on. With Aqua One's parent dashboard, checking in on your child is as easy as checking your Facebook.
All of their activity is in one place and is constantly updated. You are able to log into your parent dashboard from any iOS or Android phone making it perfect for parent's on the go. Quickly check in on them at work, between meetings, at the grocery store, or in the waiting room at your doctor's appointment.
Just because you aren't physically with your child at that moment doesn't mean you need to be in the dark about what they're up to. Here's a quick breakdown of everything you'll get to see on your parent dashboard.
Would we even be considered top of the list for best cell phones for kids if we didn't show you all of the apps they were downloading? From your parent dashboard, you can easily scroll through a list of all of your child's downloaded apps so that you can have a better idea of what they're interested in spending their time doing.
The Actions tab is where you will see every detail of your child's smartphone activity across all downloaded apps.
This means that every time they make a Google search (even the incognito ones) watch a YouTube video, post on Instagram, send a Snapchat, have video calls on Whatsapp, or are playing games with friends on Discord, you can monitor it from your Actions tab.
You will see when they open each app and by clicking on that app session, you can swipe through every action they took within it. You're able to filter Actions by the app they are using or use the calendar filter to only see activity across certain dates. Any of this activity can be marked as Saved so that you can easily go back and find it later in your Saved folder.
The Messages tab is where you will monitor all sent and received messages.
This includes all Aqua One text messages, even in group chats they are a part of. If they use the messaging feature on any of their apps, you will also be able to see them here. Like the Actions feed, you're able to filter by the app they are using or use the calendar filter so only see activity across certain dates. Specific messages can also be marked and added to your Saved folder.
What many parents might consider the most important feature, especially if you're looking for phones for kids that have safety features, then you'll want to learn about Alerts. The Alerts feature is powered by our artificial intelligence and machine learning software (wow big techy words!).
Basically, we've developed our monitoring software to be able to detect potentially concerning words, phrases, and their context. This includes drug terms, common trafficking terms, words often used when cyberbullying, words that indicate mental illness (depression, anxiety, eating disorder, etc.), or other terms that are generally related to mature content.
If we detect that your child has come across any of this 'Alert'-worthy content we flag it and put it into your Alerts tab. This way, you can easily check in to see if they are getting into anything that might require some extra attention or a tough conversation. Like Actions and Messages, you can mark any Alerts as Saved so that you can easily find them later on.
The Word Cloud feature presents a random assortment of words and hashtags that your child is frequently using. You can refresh your word cloud as much as you would like to see a new assortment of words.
Exactly what you'd expect, you can see your child's location.
Our real-time location tracking feature allows for GPS tracking of your child's Aqua One smartphone so you can always know where they're at. If you have multiple kids with Aqua Ones, you will be able to see the location of all of your kids on one map.
So how can you benefit from these monitoring features?
This kid's phone gives you the opportunity to take this valuable insight and leverage it as a parenting tool in any way that you need. You can use it to simply give you peace of mind that you know what they're up to, use it to protect your child from getting into dangerous situations, or as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your child.
I can guarantee you that other kids' cell phones, iPhones, or Android smartphones don't offer that benefit! By monitoring their smartphone activity, you're able to initiate important conversations about the content they're interacting with, the friends they're connecting with, the information they're sharing and the topics they're showing interest in.
No other cell phone comes installed with a consistent, psychology-backed Mental Health Check feature, trust me we've checked.
Children's mental health is often put on the back burner until they're older and begin showing signs that they may be struggling with a mental illness. But the reality is that you can't wait until then to do something about it.
Many parents have the main concern that social media could have a negative effect on their kids, especially when it comes to their mental health. They are worried about exposing them to algorithms that prey on vulnerable minds and instill these insecurities from a young age.
Unfortunately, this is a valid concern and it's something big tech hasn't gotten a handle on, so we decided to step in.
The Aqua One allows you to be able to consistently check in on your child's mental health with its recurring Mental Health Checks.
The Mental Health Check was designed alongside clinical child psychologists to create thought-provoking questions that interrupt their cell phone scroll up to three times a day.
An example of a question might be "Right now I'm feeling....". Your child can choose from a variety of answers including happy, loved, scared, annoyed, grateful, anxious, or sad. These checks are customized based on your child's age with language, ideas, and situations they can relate to. This way, young kids are asked questions they can understand, and older kids are given more complex scenarios.
From your parent dashboard home view, you will be able to see a quick snapshot of your child's mood. It could say "Maria is feeling happy" or "Joshua is feeling anxious" based on their most recent Mental Health Check responses.
You will head to your Mental Health Check page to see the specific questions and their responses. You can click through to see their responses from the morning, afternoon, and night.
If you have multiple kids with Aqua Ones, you will be able to see all of their responses here. You can select the date you would like to view making it easy to go back and see previous responses. This insight is accompanied by recommended tips from our psychologist based on your child's responses and analyzed mental state.
The Aqua One cell phone plan runs on a month-to-month subscription. We don't make you sign any contracts or commit to more than a month at a time. You pay $0 down and can cancel whenever you want. When your Aqua One is shipped to you, your subscription will begin and you will automatically be put on an auto-renewal plan.
Even the 'best phones' still make you pay extra to connect it to a carrier, but not us. Your Aqua One subscription includes everything you need. For only $69 a month, you get an Aqua One smartphone, parental monitoring access, unlimited talk, text and data with 5 GB of ultra-high-speed data all on Plum, which runs on America's Largest Network T-Mobile.
This way, you don't need to worry about adding them to your current plan or being charged additional fees. Other phones for kids often ask for a hefty down payment or require separate payment for data, talk, and text. Lucky for you, we keep it simple with one standard monthly payment. If you decide your child needs additional ultra-high-speed data, you can add that to your plan as well! We take out the middle man and let you manage all of this from your parent dashboard.
Yeah, you read that right. Cracked phone screen? Ger a free replacement. Did water damage ruin its battery life? Get a free replacement. Did food get stuck in the charging port? Get a free replacement. Doesn't matter what happens (because we know kids are always coming up with new ways to break expensive things), we'll replace it for free.
All you have to do is log into your parent dashboard, request a replacement, send us the damaged Aqua One smartphone (which we give you a shipping label for) and we'll have a new one shipped to you before you know it. Oh, and you can do this as many times as you need!
It can be scary to invest in an expensive smartphone for your kid when you know for a fact they'll treat it like it's invincible. But with Aqua One, you won't have to stress about what might happen if they throw it down the stairs or jump in the pool with it. Your standard monthly payment will completely cover any and all damages to the phone to ensure you have the best Aqua One smartphone experience.
If you've made it this far, I'm sure you can understand why we believe the Aqua One is the best cell phone for your child. We believe you shouldn't have to decide between an unmonitored fully functional smartphone and a restricted 'kid-friendly' device that eliminates online freedom. We are confident that with our monitoring capability and mental health-focused feature, you can finally turn away from parental controls and confidently allow your child to explore.
We believe that setting these parental controls and blocking them from viewing content is a reactive solution. But, monitoring their smartphone activity, having conversations about the inappropriate or dangerous experiences and interactions that can happen online, and taking the time to teach them healthy habits will result in their ability to make smart decisions on their own.
At the end of the day, technology isn't going anywhere, so when you're ready to introduce your child to the digital world we recommend taking a proactive approach with the Aqua One. You will be able to embrace technology and get involved in your child's online life in a way that results in healthy, responsible digital habits. And we know for a fact other kid-friendly phones can't promise you that!