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Startup gives families safe introduction to technology

DENVER, Colo. (KMGH) – Children are introduced to technology very early on. Some parents would say too soon.

However, a Denver startup found a way to make a child’s digital experience age appropriate.

“We have a whole generation of parents who say, ‘I need to be in contact with my child in some way, I don’t want them to go away without being able to call them. But I’m not sure a smartphone will be made. ” adult is the right device for my kids, ‘”said Michelle Ross, one of cosmos‘s co-founder.

Ross was a teacher ten years ago and saw the need for a family-safe, tech-friendly product in her seventh graders.

“Children of this age are honestly just starting to get their first smartphones,” she said. “And it was their first time on social media.”

Her startup started in 2020 with a smartwatch and a monitoring app to better control what children can and cannot do in the digital world.

“So what the watch doesn’t have is social media,” said Ross. “It has no games. And it’s not connected to the internet. But it calls, sends SMS, GPS tracking. It has a fitness center where kids can count their steps and see some of their activities.” .

“For the youngest children, their parents are still their best friends,” she said. “And suddenly they have a really cute way of keeping in touch.”

Their flagship product, the JrTrack2 smartwatch, also has a camera that kids can use to take selfies. Cosmo plans to add a video calling option next year.

“We have the ability to post updates and features,” said Ross. “Even if you get this version and we put a video out, all of a sudden it’ll just show up on your watch.”

Parents must download Cosmo’s Mission Control app. The smartwatch is paired with their phone and you decide which functions children can use.

“So here are the functionalities of the options,” Ross said at a demonstration. “You can add contacts. You can add a safe zone, which is a geographic area that your child can visit.”

This story was originally reported by Brian Sanders on thedenverchannel.com.