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Fitbit is toying with the idea of a smartwatch for kids

A Fitbit watch for the little ones could be on the cards

While Fitbit continues to make a big push on the health tracking front with its collection of fitness trackers and its Ionic smartwatch, it could well be planning to expand its wearable family to include a smartwatch for kids.

That's according to people familiar with the matter as reported by Bloomberg. Apparently there have been internal discussions at Fitbit about the idea of a wearable for younger users for several months.

There's no indication of what kind of features a potential Fitbit kids smartwatch could offer, but it's likely it would fall in line with other watches already available that can do things like track location, let users play games and allow children to quickly get in contact with their parents. We imagine there'd be some fitness tracking features packed in there as well.

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Fitbit's current crop of wearables are recommended for anyone aged 13 or above, so this would definitely be new territory for the company if it decided to enter the space. There is also plenty of factors to weigh up if it does decide to build one, particularly around aspects like data privacy. A report back in October last year focused on this very issue calling into question a series of kids smartwatches that were apparently at risk of hacking.

If Fitbit did decide to launch a smartwatch for kids, it would be the first of the big wearable tech names to do it. Garmin has launched its line of Vivofit Jr fitness trackers to encourage kids to stay active, but it has yet to offer the kind of connected features like GPS and mobile connectivity like it does on its wearables for adults.

Will it happen? We're sure there's a lot of parents that might like the sound of a Fitbit for kids. At the moment it looks like working out how to improve glucose tracking and looking after your heart from its wearables are the priorities right now. But we wouldn't be all that surprised if an Ionic for kids turned up at some point in the future as well.

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  • sw995 says:

    This is pretty interesting. Especially because there are already a bunch of Fitbit-style kids bracelets already on the market. For some reason Fitbit has always had a policy against 13 years and younger wearing their bands, but it seems they've realized that the market is just too big for that!

  • Caleb-Viterbo says:

    There are already loads of other smart watch options for kids though! My top pick would be the DokiWatch, which i got my son for his birthday, me and him love it! it has GPS, SOS emergency stuff, it has a walking tracker to keep him healthy, texting and video calling, it can even take pictures on it too!

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