Garmin Creates A New Daily Activity Tracker For Kids

By Frederique Bros
on 18 October 2016

The stylish, kid-friendly design is comfortable, durable, swim friendly and features one-year battery life for 24/7 wearability. In addition to tracking steps, sleep and kids’ activity on the way to their recommended 60-minute daily play goal comes with a free, parent-controlled mobile app.

The app motivates kids with fun and educational mobile adventures, and family step challenges. It also includes behaviour management for parents, who can assign chores and motivate with agreed-upon rewards. With the vívofit jr., kids have their very own activity tracker to help create healthy habits while they are young and keep them for life.  

“We’re excited to announce our first wearable just for kids – the vívofit jr.,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager, Garmin Australasia. “The vívofit jr. was designed with kids and parents in mind, from its durable and comfortable band to its engaging app that motivates kids to get moving, while keeping parents involved.”

Easy to put on, the vívofit jr features a non-staining, one-piece band that stretches over a child’s hand to fit comfortably on their wrist. Its one-year battery life and water resistance mean kids rarely have to take it off, and its multiple stylish, vibrant band designs mean they’ll rarely want to. With a high-resolution, sunlight-readable display, the vívofit jr. tracks kids’ steps, sleep and active time on their way to the recommended 60-minute daily play goal. The watch face tells time, includes the date and even reminds kids to stay active with a move bar. It can also be personalised to include a child’s name.

The vívofit jr. also comes with an innovative, free app that features a mobile adventure trail to unlock for kids and chore/behaviour management for parents. From the app, parents can add multiple children and see their daily activity, chores, sleep and more when the vívofit jr. automatically syncs to their smartphone. Turn every day into a fun competition as parents and kids compete as a family in a daily step challenge. As kids achieve their 60-minute daily play goal they’ll unlock fun facts on the app’s adventure trail, motivating them to keep reaching their goals.

The easy-to-use app allows parents to assign chores that kids complete to earn coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. Preloaded chores are managed through the parent’s mobile device and can be set to recur daily or weekly, or personalised chores can be created. And for those who tend to procrastinate, a task timer is accessible from the vívofit jr. band for a reminder that time to finish their chore is ticking down.

The vívofit jr. band is designed for ages four to nine and is available in black and digi camo and optional bands are available in broken lava, purple strike and real flower. The vivofit jr. has a recommend retail price of $129. The included band fits wrists up to 145 millimetres; the vívofit  jr. XL accessory bands accommodate wrists between 146 to 170 millimetres, or the vívofit 3 accessory bands may also be used.

The vivofit jr. band will be exclusively available at participating Rebel and Amart Sports from October.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, go to

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