The surge in new technology over the past several years has transformed the way in which children use technology. Children are getting their own cell phones as young as seven years old, and kids from toddler-age to teenagers have doubled their average daily screen time from 2020 to 2021. This alarming reality has resulted in many unfortunate truths when it comes to children — their brain growth is stunted, they are less socially adept and they spend much more time indoors, looking at screens rather than outside playing with friends.
Father of eight and entrepreneur, Stephen Dalby, was looking for a cell phone for his 12-year-old son when he realized that there were no safe options that he felt comfortable putting into the hands of his child. So, he started his company, Gabb Wireless.
“This may sound surprising, but the reason why kids like our phone is because they don’t spend a lot of time on it,” revealed Dalby. “Kids are happier when they are out playing with friends, developing talents, and connecting with humans, NOT sitting alone in a locked room swiping a screen.”
Gabb Wireless provides multiple options for every family and child. The Gabb Phone z2 “protects kids while keeping them connected to family and friends.” The Gabb Watch is a triple threat with GPS, cell phone and watch capabilities. It is a stand-alone product that does not pair with other devices. The devices allow for phone calls to preset numbers, photos and more — but eliminates scrolling through social media and playing games, ensuring that children stay focused on what is important and less distracted. Both products cost $100.
Average cell phone use among children leads to increased rates of boredom — however, children that spend more time outdoors are happy, healthier, and even more confident individuals. When parents have the peace-of-mind that comes with the GPS on the Gabb Watch, or the call-making capabilities of the Gabb Phone z2, everyone is happier and safer all-around.
“It’s really one of the most complicated purchases that a parent makes,” said Dalby. “You want to be able to communicate with your child, but there are so many risks and dangers today just with the overconsumption of technology.”
While technology will continue to evolve and be ever-present in our lives, Gabb Wireless is aiming to ensure there are safe options for every parent and child. The innovative, kid-safe products can be found here.