Everything You Need to Know About Fitbit Account for Kids

Fitness tracking devices have done a lot in promoting children’s consciousness about the role of exercise in promoting healthy living.

​Although there are different models of exercise trackers that perfectly fit the younger audience, Fitbit for kids range of fitness trackers sets itself apart by bringing in and incorporating fun and sharing in exercise.

​One thing that makes Fitbit stand out is that there is more to it than just the smart activity watches and the Android & iOS apps.

The brand also lets you create a personalized account for your family and for your child, at no extra cost.

​By creating a Fitbit account for kids, you welcome your young one to a large community of teenagers who are working hard to maintain or improve their health.

The account lets your child share their successes, set and meet commonly shared targets, and celebrate achievements together with other children.


Introducing the Fitbit Ace for Kids

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Fitbit launched an activity tracker that is especially designed for children: the Fitbit Ace.

Although it has pretty much the same features that come with other devices in the series, Ace is unique because it interacts well with young users. 

The gadget is packed with various features, including heart rate monitor and steps counter, alarm, and music storage capability.

In terms of cost, the Ace is a pocket-friendly alternative priced lower than other gadgets with the same power.​

Its batteries can work for 4 to 5 days straight before needing a recharge. The only downside of Fitbit Ace is its lack of GPS capability, so it won't be possible to get real-time location data of your son or daughter.​


Must You Buy the Ace to Set Up an Account?

One does not need to buy the Ace in order to set up a Fitbit account for a child.

The accounts are accessible across all Fitbit devices, so you don’t have to open multiple accounts for a single user in order to enjoy their benefits.

​This not only minimizes loss of data but also eliminates the need to start afresh when you buy another device.


What You Find in the Account

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A kids’ Fitbit account enables parents to help children to review their workout milestones and health collectively.

As such, it is also good for parent who would want to join and be part of the systematic progress of the health of their kids.

Not only does it store and analyze information ranging from sleep pattern, calorie count, and amount of movement the child makes, the account enable kids to share these with their friends, parents, and physicians if they’d like to.​


How to Set Up a Fitbit Account for Your Kids

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First, it is important to understand that not every child can have an account with Fitbit. As of this writing, your child must be 13 years of age to own his or her own account.

So how do you set up an account for your son or daughter?

You must first have your own a mobile device with Fitbit app that has your personal account before you are able to create and connect with a child’s account.

It is preferable not to use your own mobile device app to open a new account for a child. That would mean doing away with the existing settings on your app.

Remember, the prior settings personally identify with you, so clearing them means that you will have go through the initial set up process all over again.

Assuming you have already purchased the Ace or any other model for your child, take their mobile device, log on to its app store and download and install the Fitbit app.

Using the same device, log into your Fitbit account and then tap on the account card located on the top of the screen. On the next screen, go to “My Family” and tap on the “+” sign.​

Here you will see the option “Create Child Account”. The app will guide you through subsequent prompts until the stage where you are supposed enter the specific details of the child, including their name, age, weight, and gender.​


What are the Benefits of Getting a Fitbit for Your Kid?

fitbit for kids benefits

Fitbit devices are the best choice for your children in many ways. Unlike other fitness gadgets, a device like Ace has a design that that is tough to withstand rough handling. It has strong straps and doesn’t damage easily on falls.

In addition, the Ace is water resistant. Most other Fitbit gadgets can also withstand exposure to moisture, and you don’t have to worry about damages arising from rain, sweat, or a splash of water.

With a Fitbit account, you can set activity targets for your child and check out if they are achieving them or not. The calorie counter feature promotes healthy eating, and you can set various reminders for exercise and rest for your teenager.​

Fitbit gadgets also offer a low cost option for collecting, storing and managing the health data of your child. Take heartbeat rate, for example. It can really help in diagnosing some conditions.

​The sleep monitoring function is another cool feature that records your child’s sleeping pattern throughout the night. In this way, it can help in diagnosing and managing a condition like sleep apnea.

You can also use the sleep monitor to do your own experiment to determine the conditions under which your son and/daughter get the best sleep.

If you combine all these features with the user-friendly nature of Fitbit devices, what you get is a fitness tracking system that does what it promises.


Final Words

A fit and healthy body becomes more meaningful when the whole family achieves it and not just selective individuals.

So instead of letting the young people figure out the importance of healthy habits for themselves, be proactive; introduce them to exercising.

In fact, encouraging children to exercise is the best thing you could ever do.

They not only learn to keep fit, they also develop a healthy attitude and adapt to good living habits as they grow up; habits that a person would find it hard to start at adulthood.​

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