At the top of my son’s Christmas wish list was the Garmin Vivofit Jr., an activity tracker band that retails for $79.99 and makes it easy to reward and motivate kids. The smile on his face was beaming Christmas morning until he opened the box to put it on. Much to our disappointment, the band was way too small for his wrist. He is 8 years old and the band is rated for ages 4-9.
Luckily, after exploring the parent managed app via my smartphone, we found a link about fit and wear of the band (under the “menu” tab). I was happy to discover if the band doesn’t fit your child Garmin is mailing out new bands in black or white for free! You just need to follow the prompts within the app to order the new band. My son is anxiously awaiting the new band but until it arrives we are still enjoying other features of the Vivofit Jr.
The features on the band are easily accessed through a single function button. As kids reach their daily 60 minute activity goals which are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, fun facts and the adventure trail, is unlocked in a “parent managed app” that inspires kids to do their best every day.
Besides tracking and motivating kids’s activities, the Vivofit Jr. also offers these features:
Images Courtesy of Vivofit Jr app on Apple App Store
Just imagine kids with Vivofit Jr bands being able to compete against friends on the Safari Trail, puzzles or score board to keep them engaged on the app, as well as getting their daily activities accomplished.
Where the iOKids Platform Could Help Garmin
Dynepic's iOKids platform would allow Garmin to launch a real kid’s app for the Vivofit Jr. Since the parents are COPPA verified in the iOKids Parent App, Garmin can easily gain the verifiable parental consent from parents for their kid’s use of the Vivofit Jr. app. It would reduce parent setup time because with the iOKids parental consent, the kid’s iOKids profile information would auto-populate the user account information. Additionally, the Vivofit Jr could be gamified and could use the iOKids parent-approved friends list to allow kids to compete against each other.
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Review By: Crystal Arn - A mom to three boys, with 15 years of experience in the health care industry focusing in kids’ health and development. Crystal is now hard at work with iOKids to help build a safe Internet playground for kids. Follow her at @tribemompdx.
iOKids is a safe, social platform and apps developed by Dynepic to allow kids to connect with friends and brands based on parent permissions. Download the iOKids app here.
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