Are you sending an athlete back to school? Me too. My son’s not star of the track team or anything but he runs. Like most teens, he likes to listen to music (or a podcast) 24 hours a day. I asked him to try out the Jabra Sport Bluetooth headset for me and he leapt out of his chair and grabbed at them. Apparently, he had been wishing for just such an item to keep him constantly connected to his tunes.

“Are these waterproof?” He instantly wanted to know. I told him they were splash proof, which means he could sweat on them or get caught in a rainstorm and they would be fine. He put them on and jumped up and down to test if they fell off. Then he went and put on some running short and sneakers. He came back a few minutes later wearing them.

“These make phone calls too!” He declared, thrilled. Yes, that’s the idea. They play your music or podcast through your Bluetooth smart phone and if your phone rings, they pause the music and announce your caller. And you can take that call using the headphones.

He held up a hand to silence me. “Read it!” He announced to no one. I use a Bluetooth headset myself. So I knew this meant he had received a text message. The grin on his face told me he was having fun having his text messages read aloud into his ear.

He’d apparently studied himself in the mirror because his next statement was, “You can’t even tell I’m wearing them! They look like they would show. But when you have them on, they are invisible. And they are completely comfortable. I could forget these are even there." That was a lot of commentary from my laconic teen. I guess he likes them.

He went for his run and I went back to work. Thirty minutes later he was back, looking happy. “They don’t move at all when I’m running. There are no wires connected to my phone. These are awesome!”

I think he may have even worn them into the shower. In fact, he is never not wearing them. So I guess these headphones are the right gadget to get an athletic teen.

Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column for Family Circle, and is the author of “How to Be a Geek Goddess.”You can find her at