Audio devices box clever to cut kids’ screen time
Parents have welcomed the interactive Boxine and Yoto speakers as an alternative to TV and the internet
Louise Derrosiers first discovered the Yoto box while shopping at a market in Walthamstow in north-east London in 2018. The colourful speaker, designed by two pioneers of the music-streaming business, caught her eye and looked like an ideal alternative to handing over her smartphone every few minutes to entertain her three children, aged seven, five and one.
“The older children will do anything for a screen. They plead, ‘Just five minutes’, and when you’re busy you give in. But then they have some sort of nervous breakdown when you try to turn it off,” Derrosiers said.