Are you are worried about your child’s health and looking for a way to improve their level of activity? Getting a quality kids smartwatch may be what you need. There are a few types of them out there. Some are educational and encourage learning. Some can take photos and track your child’s whereabouts. Others track your heart rate and steps. Here is our list of the Top 5 smartwatches for kids. Enjoy 🙂
- 1 VTech Kidizoom DX2 Smartwatch
- 2 Garmin Vivofit Jr.
- 3 Leapfrog Leapband Smartwatch
- 4 Themoemoe Smartwatch
- 5 Prograce Kids Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker
- 6 Should kids have fitness trackers?
VTech Kidizoom DX2 Smartwatch
If you’re looking for a smartwatch for a 4 to 10-year-old then this Kidizoom smartwatch is a good choice. The DX2 is the 3rd generation of the popular Vtech smartwatch lineup.
It has tons of features and apps that will hold your child’s attention. But, what was the biggest hits were the camera, video, and games.
The camera holds about 100 photos. Definitely not the same quality of photos as the latest iPhone but kids do love it.
There are tons of games, most of which are educational. There is also a motion sensor for active play challenges to keep your kids moving.
This is a standalone smartwatch, meaning there is no internet. It does not require a data plan. The Kidizoom comes with a micro USB cable used to charge and to transfer files to the watch. You can also transfer more apps and games to it as well.
Battery life is decent. Expect about 5 days on a single charge depending on usage.
Another fun feature is the voice changer. Kids love it 🙂
This is a large watch depending on the size of the wrist that it is on. But the strap is adjustable so you don’t have to worry about it falling off and being lost.
This is a great smartwatch designed just for kids.
Why We Like It
- Takes photos and selfies
- Educational games
- Good Battery life
- Warranty: 90 days
We liked the VTech Kidizoom because kids love it. It’s a cool gift for a child that will keep them entertained. No extra data plan required.
Garmin Vivofit Jr.
What sets Garmins Vivofit Jr. apart from other kids smartwatch is it’s chore rewards feature. It lets you give your child points for doing chores.
In addition, Vivofit has a website that you can track rewards as well. Positive reinforcement is the name of the game with this smartwatch.
Garmin also has timers for tracking things like brushing teeth, reading, etc… It’s very easy to use and operate.
Vivofit also tracks things like steps, activity, sleep and active use among other games and apps.
One thing to note with this activity tracker is that the band although comfortable, is small. So you may need a replacement band depending on your child’s wrist size. The bands for the Vivofit 3 work for the Vivofit Jr.
Although there is no GPS tracking on this device, you can connect it to your smartphone to keep track of your little one’s location.
The Vivofit Jr. boasts a 1-year battery life and the battery is replaceable.
This waterproof kids smartphone earns our top recommendation for building responsibility and self-reliance.
Why We Like It
- Battery life
- Warranty: 1 year
We liked the Garmin Vivofit Jr because it promotes responsibility though it chore and rewards feature. It’s kid-tough and has great battery life.
Leapfrog Leapband Smartwatch
Leapfrogs Leapbad is a good smartwatch for 4 to 7 years old. The Leapband is not really an activity tracker as it really does not track anything. It built to promote activity and to keep your child entertained.
The more your child moves the more “jewels” they unlock. It can get quite addictive!
As a parent, you will need to create a Leapfrog account to use this smartwatch fully. Through the website, you will download apps, games, activities etc… It can be a little tricky for parents to set up but it does come with good documentation. Also, take a look at Youtube for some helpful videos.
You should also note that the Leapfrog website and setup only works on a Windows computer, no mac support yet.
The battery life is not great. Expect about a day of usage even though it charges in about 2 hours or so.
As a parent, you have the ability to set usage times. During these downtime windows, the smartwatch only displays the time on the watch face.
Games on this device will keep your little ones entertained for hours.
Why We Like It
- Active Games
- Encourages learning
- Warranty: 1 year
We liked the Leapfrog because of all of the educational games and great parental controls. The Leapband keeps your kid moving!
Themoemoe makes a decent smartwatch for the money for your 5-12-year-old. It’s comfortable and looks good too.
The battery life is good and charging is easy. It uses a clip for charging. The clip makes charging easy but it also easy to put the clip on backwards. It will not damage your watch if it’s on backwards, it just won’t charge.
Themoemoe can also track the location of your child. I just wish the tracking was a bit better. It does not use GPS tracking (satellites), it uses LBS tracking (tracking by cell towers). I guess they use LBS to keep the cost down.
LBS tracking is not as accurate but for the cost as compared to an Apple watch, we are ok with that. One advantage here is, we can make calls on this smartwatch.
This smartwatch has a slot for a sim card. Pretty neat! Not all sim cards work here, but if you use the recommended T-mobile sim card for $5 dollars a month, you should not have any issues. The watch also stores up to 10 contacts. And, the voice quality is pretty good too.
The user manual is OK but it’s far easier to set this up by watching the youtube video on how to do it.
There is also and SOS feature that we loved. It definitely provides some peace of mind.
Why We Like It
- Good battery life
- Phone calls
- Warranty: 1 year
We liked the Themoemoe smartwatch because the price will not break the bank. We also like the fact that you can make phone calls on it too. It’s good value at a low price.
Prograce Kids Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker
If you’re looking for a kids smartwatch with a simple interface that will keep your kids engaged, take a look at Prograce. It has a bright and good quality touchscreen that you use to navigate the menus.
It’s recommended for kids from 5 to 12-year-olds. The watch looks great and the band is also super soft. Very comfortable and easy to charge.
The Prograce smartwatch charges by USB and holds a charge for two to three days depending on use.
It comes with a really bright flashlight and a rotatable camera. The camera works well and takes some decent photos. Very kid friendly 🙂
Pictures that you take are captured on a micro SD card, which must be purchased separately. This smartwatch can accommodate SD cards up to a whopping 32 GB. You can also store your own music on the SD card too!
Another useful function is the FM radio. Prograce gives you the option of using your own headphones or the smartwatches built-in speakers. Headphones are the way to go! The radio also does not need and internet connection or data to work.
Customer support is also good.
The Prograce smartwatch feels sturdy and well made. It comes with many other great features like a step counter, games and more. It is a worthy buy for your 5 to 12-year-old.
Why We Like It
- FM Radio
- Warranty: 1 year
We liked the Prograce smartwatch because the touchscreen is one of the best we’ve seen in a kid’s smartwatch. The super handy flashlight and FM radio are a definite plus. It’s great value at a decent price.
Should kids have fitness trackers?
As you probably know, childhood obesity has become an increasingly common problem, but do you know exactly how big of a problem it has become?
Since the 1970’s the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), problems with childhood obesity start as early as age 2 and only become more prevalent through age 19. About 13.9% of children ages 2-5 are obese in the United States and that number rises to 20.6% from age 12 to age 19.
Develop Healthy Habits
As adults, we know that we can develop healthy habits and unhealthy habits and it’s not surprising that unhealthy habits that start at a young age can cause issues for life.
With children now having access to Smartphone’s and tablets in addition to video game consoles and television, there is more temptation than there has ever been to be inactive. However there is a piece of technology that actually encourages people to be more active and that is a fitness tracker, but should kids have a fitness tracker?
If kids are active they are far less likely to be obese and if they are already obese, they are likely to get on the path to a healthier weight by getting more active.
Kids that are active will sleep better leading to better performance in school due to being more alert. As adults, we know that feeling in shape and confident helps with our self-image and the same is true for children. If you want your child to be well adjusted, with good self-esteem, physical activity needs to be a part of their daily life.
Nearly 90% of bone growth occurs before the age of 18, so it’s important for children to be getting plenty of activity during these developmental years so they experience proper development.
It is also much easier to build muscle in your youth that will carry you into adulthood than trying to change your body composition later in life.
Fit and strong children tend to become fit and strong adults and the opposite (overweight and weak) is also true. If you can start your children with the gifts of good healthy lifestyle habits, why wouldn’t you?
Making Fitness Fun
Getting your kids away from the sedentary technology like television or Smartphone’s can be a challenge, but the key is to make being active fun.
Kids like to mimic their parents and if mom and dad have fitness trackers and are active, the kids will want to follow suit. Initially, kids can be hooked on a fitness tracker simply by viewing it as a new piece of technology or a new toy.
Many of the fitness trackers have built-in games for children that allow them to play and accomplish goals in ways where they might not even realize they are exercising. As a family, you can always set goals for your children in terms of steps on a daily or a weekly basis.
Give your child some sort of a reward for reaching a weekly goal and watch that change his or her daily activity level. Consider starting a family playtime, either before or after dinner, where mom and/or dad get out and do some activities with the kids on a daily basis.
This could be as simple as a walk or a game of tag, but get everyone in the family involved making it a true bonding experience.
Some of the best fitness trackers can actually be programmed with your children’s chores and they then remind your kid in fun ways when it is time to do that specific chore. This is a great way to get your children to do their chores without the need for constant verbal reminders.
The fitness trackers also offer built-in games that encourage your child to be active oftentimes by earning points that allow them to unlock new features or characters contained on the tracker which is very similar to how today’s video games work.
If one child has unlocked a new character for his or her fitness tracker, another one will want to unlock that character too. These types of incentives can be the difference between a kid deciding to go out and play or deciding to spend the afternoon on the couch.
The other great thing about a fitness tracker is they allow a child to develop an awareness about their own activity level. If your child is getting in around 15,000 steps a day (about the recommended number for children 6-12) and has a day where they only get in 8,000 that will be eye-opening to them.
It will not take long for them to correlate the lack of steps to the reason for the decrease and start to make adjustments creating an awareness of their own habits.
Recommended Amount Of Activity
The amount and type of physical activity children should do in a day varies a bit by age.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity for toddlers and preschoolers.
From the ages of 3 to 5 it is recommended that the physical activity include a focus on jumping and skipping in order to strengthen bones.
For school-age children, the recommendation of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity remains the same, but an increased focus on aerobic activity (running, biking, and tag) is recommended.
Teenagers should strive to get more than 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity a day with an increased emphasis on muscle-strengthening activities than school-age children. Activities like tug of war, bodyweight exercises, and weight lifting using machines or hand weights are recommended for teens in addition to aerobic activities such as running or playing a sport like soccer.
Kids Love Technology
While technology has played a role in the increasing epidemic of obesity among our children, it also might be providing a solution to combat the problem in the form of fitness trackers.
Kids love technology and they love toys and a fitness tracker is a piece of technology that also feels like a toy.
A fitness tracker can help guide your son or daughter into healthier habits in a fun way. If your child does not show a natural inclination to be active, the opportunity to win games on their fitness tracker may provide them the incentive to change those habits.
As a parent, you can set goals for your child on the fitness tracker and reward them when they meet those goals. If you are a parent that works a lot and cannot oversee your child’s activity level on a daily basis, having them where a fitness tracker is a great way for you to see how active they have been on that day.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a healthy start to a life full of good habits they have learned at a young age that can transfer into adulthood.
A fitness tracker is a great way to help get your child on the way to a happy, healthy, active lifestyle.