Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Fitness Trackers‘ below.
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A fitness tracker is a wrist-worn device that can measure your level of physical activity during the day. Each fitness tracker focuses on different things but in general, they tend to count steps taken, record sleep patterns and enable activity goals. They can also monitor heart rate, running distance and more. The first fitness tracker was created by Garmin in 2016 but Fitbit popularised fitness trackers for children by introducing the Fitbit Ace in 2018. Now they can be synched to children’s smartphones and used to make physical activity fun for children by giving out virtual badges or encouraging family challenges.
In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as unhealthy obsessions, unrealistic expectations and data leaks.