Best Fitness Tracker for Kids in 2017
Today, many kids spend most of their free time watching TV, playing video games or on their smartphones. Sports and outdoors activities are becoming increasingly rare.
Children, however, like competition. That’s why they get so obsessed with video games. They just can’t stop until they reach the next level. You can use that inner drive of your kids wisely to get them motivated and playfully raise the level of physical activity.
That’s where the Fitness Trackers for Kids come in. They combine electronics with physical activity.
Garmin Vivofit Jr.
One of the bestsellers in this market is the Garmin Vivofit Jr. edition. Garmin Vivofit is one of the popular fitness tracker models for adults that competes with Fitbit and Misfit. The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is aimed at children between 7 and 14 years.
The cool thing about the Vivofit series is that parents and children can interact. The child can scroll through the touch screen and access information about time and date, the number of steps he or she has taken that day, the number of active minutes during the day.
The parents can monitor that same information on their smartphone. Parents can also assign tasks (chores) that appear on the kid’s fitness tracker; such as teeth brushing, tidying the room or walking the dog. By completing the chores the kid can earn coins.
The data is synchronized via bluetooth, so parents can only access the data if they are in close range to the child.
iGank T5 Sports Fitness Bracelet
A simple and cheaper version for Kids is the iGank T5 Sports Fitness Bracelet. WIth this fitness tracker for children there is no need to install an app and synchronized it with your smartphone.
You do not need to worry about data privacy for your kid, the data is just stored on the device, the steps are reset automatically at midnight. It simply counts the steps, calculates the distance and burned calories and acts as a nice watch.
The bracelet is robust enough for children’s activities. The fitness tracker can be easily recharged via a USB Cable. From our perspective the iGank offers the best value in this price range; below 20 US$. The iGank Fitness Bracelets are available in various colors including a girly pink and a cool blue for the boys
Fitness Tracker Bracelets for kids are nice stylish electronic gadgets that combine physical activity with electronics. They motivate kids to to move more and remind them of their daily activity level.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money a bracelet like the iGank is a safe choice: You don’t need to worry about data privacy and even if the kids lose it or break it (.. and they eventually will, don’t they) it is not a big deal.
The Garmin vivofit Jr. on the other hand is more than just a step counter as it also acts as a communication device between parents and their kids. It might however be that the kid feels supervised, so you need to make sure that it’s used in a playful manner.
In terms of data privacy, using a Garmin product is way better than just buying a cheap no name product where you don’t know onto which Chinese server your data is uploaded to. Garmin is a well known company with decades of experience. A 2016 data privacy test by the German Stiftung Warentest confirmed high standards of data protection in Garmin Vivofit Products.