We Love Gabb Kid-Safe Phones & Watches – No Social Media, No Internet (+ Get $25 Off & Free Accessory)

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Stay connected to your kiddos thanks to the Gabb phone and watch for kids!

A mom and kids posing with the Gabb phone and Gabb watch

Gabb devices have your kids’ safety in mind!

Today’s technology does an excellent job of connecting us to other people, but with that connection comes some dangers. Now that the use of smart technology is mainstream, it’s more important than ever to have kid-safe devices available for our children to use. My family recently picked up a Gabb phone and a Gabb watch for our two school-aged kids. These devices are specially made to help parents protect their children and I’m really glad we decided to give them a try.

*Note that Star Wars accessories and the Gabb speaker are excluded from this promotion.

Unboxing the Gabb watch and phone for kids

Here are the Gabb deals that I scored:

Buy a Kid-Safe Smart Watch for just $119.99 (regularly $149.99)
Watch plans are just $14.99 per month
$25 off automatically applies
OR use promo code EXCLUSIVE
Choose a free accessory at checkout (up to $12.99 value)
Final cost $109.98!
Unlimited talk & text! No social media or internet.

Buy a Kid-Safe Smart Phone for just $119.99 (regularly $149.99)
Phone plans are just $24.99 per month
$25 off automatically applies
OR use promo code EXCLUSIVE
Choose a free accessory at checkout (up to $14.99 value)
Final cost $119.98!
Unlimited talk & text! No social media or internet.

gabb kids smart watch next to box

Not familiar with Kid-Safe Smart Phone? Here’s what the company is all about…

There are a lot of threats lurking in both the real world and the internet, from unwanted interactions to harmful content. To reduce the dangers, Gabb set out to create kid-safe devices. Some of the problems that Gabb seeks to address include:

  • Excessive screen time that hinders children’s social and educational development
  • The dangers of social media like harmful content, negative interactions, extreme ideas, and foul language
  • Explicit material found on the internet like violence or mature content
  • Cyber-bulling and harassment that may take a toll on a child’s self-esteem
  • Internet predators that try to solicit children

To protect kids from the above dangers, Gabb makes phones and watches that have no internet, social media, or games. Their main purpose is to allow communication between a child and their parents (or other close contacts). The parent downloads the Gabb app onto their phone and monitors the children’s devices from there. It’s easy-peasy!

With three young kids at home, I was definitely interested in trying out Gabb’s products to see if they were helpful. I picked up a watch and a phone for my two oldest and we gave them a go!

The Gabb watch for kids displaying parent-approved contacts

I think the Gabb watch for kids is great for younger children.

The Gabb watch we got was really cool. Since it’s strapped to the child’s wrist, the risk of losing it is minimal. That’s so important as it’s always possible a child can lose their device, especially devices like phones that kids carry freely. The watch is also resistant to sweat, water, dirt, and sand so it’s pretty durable too!

woman using the GPS to track her child with the Gabb app

The watch even comes with GPS tracking!

My family found the GPS tracking to be really accurate. I love that I can set “danger zones” and “safe zones” on this device. I get an instant alert the minute my son or daughter steps into a danger zone. This is a really helpful feature. My neighborhood has a gate that leads to a busy road. My son knows not to go beyond the gate, but if he ever does step through it, I’m alerted immediately. Plus, the watch has an SOS button that he can press if he needs to alert me that he is having an emergency. It also has a flashlight app to use if he is outside after dark.

woman using app on her phone to monitor her child's activity

Another aspect I loved about the watch is that it’s controlled with an app on the parent’s phone. Only I am able to add contacts to my son’s Gabb watch which can help protect him from unwanted interactions or socializing with someone he shouldn’t be contacting. He can have up to 25 contacts which I program in using my app. He can’t send or receive any messages from anyone not on his contact list.

I can also put the watch on lock mode during his school hours so he is not distracted. During that time, he can only use his watch to communicate with me.

Preset text message displayed on the Gabb watch for kids

One thing to note about the Gabb watch for kids is that it comes with 15 customizable text message presets, voice messages, and emojis. If I text my son, he can only respond using the presets. Right now, he is at an age where he might need more capabilities than the watch offers. If you’re looking for more unrestricted communication with your child, the Gabb wireless phone might be the better bet. Due to the number of restrictions on the watch, I think it is more suitable for younger kids ages 5-8 (though Gabb recommends it for ages 5 to 11).

The Gabb watch for kids costs just $14.99 per month.

For under $15 a month, you get unlimited talk and text. At that price, I think it’s worth it! It does a good job of protecting kids, keeps the communication between parent and child open, and the cost is affordable. Plus, it even has a step counter so you can ensure your kids are getting enough activity!

A woman holding a Gabb watch with corresponding charger

The battery on the watch lasts a decent amount of time and each purchase includes a charger so you’re prepared when the time comes to power up!

The Gabb wireless phone is perfect for older children who are somewhat independent. 

mom and daughter posing with the Gabb phone for kids

The Gabb phone has a lot more capabilities than the watch. It’s pretty cool! For a first phone, it’s very age appropriate. It has no social media, internet, or games, and it includes a bunch of safety features. The phone has Bluetooth connection capabilities, front-facing 5MP and 8MP cameras, a calculator, an alarm clock, and even a fingerprint scan for security.

It comes with GPS tracking so my daughter can find her device if she loses it. Similar to the Gabb watch, I can program her phone to have “safe zones” and “danger zones” which means I know her location at all times. If my kid wanders into the danger zone, I’ll be immediately alerted – this is a huge perk of Gabb products. The tracking is super on point. We tested it and it worked really well and was so easy! 🙌

Texting on a phone

The Gabb phone has just the right features for kids who are venturing off on their own…

One thing that is awesome about the Gabb wireless phone is that my daughter can add her own contacts (which I can still monitor using my app) and she can also text freely as she is not limited by texting presets. I can ask her an open-ended question and she can respond with whatever she wants. I can text her via my regular text messaging or through the app. Just like the Gabb watch for kids, the phone comes with unlimited talking and texting.

The phone also has access to Gabb Music which is an age-appropriate music streaming app. The lyrics are clean and I don’t have to worry about her accidentally stumbling upon any mature language.

At just $24.99 per month, the phone plan is pretty reasonable and is well worth spending to keep my kiddos safe.

Overall, I love the benefits of the Gabb phone and watch.

A Gabb phone and Gabb watch for kids

I’m so glad my family decided to try Gabb! Everything is very user-friendly, especially the app which is REALLY simple to use. I can easily see both of my children’s accounts, check their locations, monitor their battery levels, and browse their recent messages all in about 5 seconds. It’s a relief to have those kinds of safety measures in place!

woman and children with the Gabb watch and phone for kids

I have to say, Gabb devices are pretty neat! They really do address the concerns that many parents have regarding their children’s technology usage. The next time my kids leave the house, I know I’ve done what I can to protect them. That peace of mind is invaluable!

If these devices sound like something you and your family could benefit from, Gabb is currently featuring a $25 off deal + free accessory on both the watch and the phone. It’s a great time to scoop up these kid-safe devices!

Need more feedback? Check out these other reviews:

“So we had issues when a smartphone was given to our daughter by a family member for Christmas. Our child found a way to circumvent parental controls on the phone and we felt that we were unable to properly monitor activities no matter what we tried. This is a perfect solution. Our child was satisfied that she could still have a way to talk and text her friends while we have peace of mind that she cannot access inappropriate content. Thank you!” – Jessica, product reviewer

“I feel good about sending my 7-year-old out to play in the neighborhood. I can call him when it’s dinner time. It also has safe zones so I’m notified if he leaves the area marked ‘safe’. I’ve used the watch to keep tabs and he still feels independent!! It gives kids freedom and parents peace of mind!” – Courtney, product reviewer

About the writer:

Erica has over 6 years of experience as a content manager, editor, and copywriter. She lives credit card free and hasn't paid full-price for anything since becoming a mom! Connect with Erica on LinkedIn

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Comments 11

  1. Jacinda Arnold

    Yesss! I love my girls’ GABB Watches! I ordered them at Christmas with their sale of free watches with the 2 year contract and activation fee. I read reviews and knew a few people who loved them so I was ready to try! I paid 120 and used someone’s code to get another discount and got an extra band each and covers for them! They have been great and my 10 year old is doing amazing with it! She was told to show me how to be responsible with it and she can get their phone next! My 8 year is not as responsible but we are working on doing better with it! Use code 6203306693 to get a discount!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So happy to hear how well you and your kiddos love Gabb watches, Jacinda! 🙌 Glad you were able to score the savings on those with a previous sale! 💖

  2. chelsea

    we LOVE our Gabb! It’s a great first device for our 9 year old in travel sports. We can’t be with her all the time but can get ahold of her anytime without relying on trying to get ahold of the coaches!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh perfect! Great to hear how helpful it has been when she’s away with sports! ❤️ Thanks for commenting!

  3. Alisha J

    We used Gabb initially. It’s a great first phone, for sure. It’s NOT for everyone though– kids can turn off the location and there are very few apps available (if you want to give your kid the feeling of actually having a phone). I recommend everyone evaluate different kid phone companies. For me, Troomi Wireless was the best (the kids can’t turn off the location and you can actually lock down the settings AND you can see the text messages in the online parent portal….all things that Gabb doesn’t do). Of course, everyone is different and both service providers are good but, if you want more phone and better monitoring, Troomi is the way to go.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and what option has worked best for your family, Alisha J! 🥰

    • melly

      This is so helpful! My son is only 7 so it’ll be a few more years til I get him a phone, but I’ll definitely look into troomi when we get to that point.

  4. Vanessa

    We got a Gabb watch for our 11 yr old for Christmas. If you just want simple texting with parents- come get me/where r you texts it works well. The voice messages we get from the watch are not very clear. Location service where we live is hit or miss. The “flashlight” is just the screen getting bright and not really useful. Insurance is $5/month if you want it.
    It isn’t great if your child wants to text friends- so they will end up calling and talking on speaker phone since there is not an ability to pair with earbuds.
    Overall we are satisfied since the device was free and service plus insurance is $20/month.
    That said if you are on the fence between a watch and phone for an older child/tween-get them the phone. I wish we would have, but am guessing it would have been lost multiple times by now.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      We sure appreciate you taking the time to share about the features and cost breakdown of the watch, Vanessa! 💗 It does look like the phone plans start at a bit more – $24.99 per month for unlimited talk & text, plus the phone has some extra features that aren’t included in the watch, in case you’d want to check into snagging that option for your kiddo soon! 🤗

  5. Lauren

    We purchased a Gabb phone for our son who turned 10 in April. He loves it and we do too. He uses it to text and call friends and it’s totally age appropriate. So happy 8 saw Gabb advertised on hip2save!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      YAY! Thanks for the update on how much your family is loving the Gabb phone, Lauren! We appreciate you being a Hip reader and sharing this awesome feedback! 🤗💞

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