At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
From counting the calories we've burned to assessing our quality of sleep, fitness trackers are an increasingly popular way to monitor wellbeing. If, however, you're flummoxed by Fitbits or ambivalent about Apple Watches, our explainer video will quickly help you to catch up.
What is a fitness tracker?
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, blood pressure and calories burnt. The first fitness tracker was created by Garmin in 2016 but Fitbit popularised fitness trackers for children by introducing the Fitbit Ace in 2018.
They can now be synched to children’s smartphones and used to make physical activity fun for children by giving out virtual badges or encouraging family challenges.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.