Ayesha Curry Will Give Her Kids Apple Watches, Not Phones, for Emergencies

Ayesha Curry told Insider that her children don’t have social-media access or cellphones. 
Still, she wants to stay connected to them in an emergency — and she’s leaning towards Apple Watches.
Curry said that she worries about emergencies like school shootings. 

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Ayesha Curry’s children may not have cellphones, but she wants them to be equipped in case of emergencies like school shootings — so she and her husband, NBA star Stephen Curry, have settled on Apple Watches. Curry is Insider’s May 2023 cover star, profiled by Muna Mire and photographed by Lia Clay Miller. She spoke with Insider about finding the balance between guarding her children from what they may see on social media about their parents and ensuring that they can still be contacted in an emergency. “I think we’ve settled on doing an Apple Watch,” Curry told Insider. “‘Cause apparently with the Apple Watch, you can still make calls.” Curry and her husband share three children: Riley, 10, Ryan, 7, and Canon 4. While Riley, the couple’s eldest daughter, frequently accompanied her parents to her father’s basketball games as a child (and charmed the media in the process), Curry said that she regrets exposing her child to the public in that way. Now, her children are no longer in the public eye — and they’re not on social media themselves. 

Ayesha Alexander, Riley Curry and NBA player Stephen Curry (L-R) attend Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Kevin Mazur/KCSports2014 / Getty Images

Still, Curry worries about protecting her kids from other threats, she told Insider. “I’m trying to be as normal as possible, but every day we wake up and there’s a new school shooting, a new attack,” she told Insider. “Every time I pull up to their school for drop-off, I’m looking at the entrance, I’m looking at the exit, I’m looking around.”Ultimately, Curry told Insider that she and Stephen frequently discuss finding balance between protecting her children but also allowing them to have their independence. “Where’s the middle ground, where we’re strict, but we’re also allowing our kids to experience life?” she said. “We’re trying to figure out what that balance is. Just kind of learn as you go, right?”

To read Insider’s May digital cover story, starring Ayesha Curry, written by Muna Mire, click here.

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