Smartphones give you a little more information regarding where you kids are and what they're doing, but they also give your kid some freedom to have a little fun or get in some trouble. The mark of a good kids' smartphone is one that's often cheap, yet capable. Here are some of the best devices you can get for your kids.

Perfect balance

Moto G6

Motorola has been the budget phone champion for years now, and its most recent releases are no exception. The Moto G6 Plus is inexpensive without being cheap, especially when it comes to a solid battery and better-than-average camera.

$200 at Amazon

Pen pal

LG Stylo 4

The LG Stylo 4 is one of the most compelling budget options on the market, and its marquee features happen to be perfect for children. Its included stylus will allow your kid to draw or take notes. And that FullView display will be perfect for all the videos, apps, and games they need. Oh, and homework, of course.

$300 at Amazon

Insanely cheap

Moto E5 Play

The Moto E5 Play packs all the essentials a smartphone needs for a very reasonable asking price. It won't be playing some of the most demanding content Google Play has to offer, but it should be able to handle all the 2D-based kids' apps and games available, and that makes it perfect for younger children.

$130 at Amazon

For Beginners

Dyno Smartwatch

Okay, so the Dyno Smartwatch isn't a phone, but it's a great stepping stone for kids just getting into that world. It offers contact to parents and trusted contacts thanks to a dedicated SIM card slot, and the smartphone companion app allows parents to remotely track their children by GPS.

$150 at Coolpad

First phone

Alcatel 1X

Cheap enough to be their first phone, the Alcatel 1X has everything it needs to help you keep in touch with your kids' needs while they're away. It features Android Oreo Go Edition, a lightweight version of the OS that maximizes memory usage. Best yet, you can drop a single bill of currency and walk away with this one.

$100 at Amazon

Ace student

Nokia 7.1

If you want to award the straight-A student in your family, the Nokia 7.1 is the phone to do it with. With dual cameras, 5.84-inch 19:9 aspect ratio display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C and a fingerprint sensor, it has everything a kid could ask for. And because it's Android One, you'll get fast updates straight from Google..

$350 at Amazon

For many people, buying a smartphone is all about getting the most important features at the most reasonable price. When purchasing a phone for their children, parents have a tendency to emphasize price over features. The Moto G6 Plus is a phone that genuinely lets you have both. While not quite as capable as the more expensive flagship phones, Motorola's budget line has a history of not feeling like a cheap experience when you use it. On top of consistent security updates, so you know your kid is using a phone that will keep their data safe, you're giving your child a great overall experience.

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