Looking for a fun way to encourage your kids to move? Fitbit’s new fitness tracker for kids could be the answer. The Fitbit Ace is very similar to the adult trackers, with a few very important kid-friendly differences.

The Fitbit Ace is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, which means no data is recorded or shared. It also helps parents keep track of their kid’s activity and sleep. The new family account function gives parents control over the Fitbit app that connects to the tracker, where they can check progress and manage who they connect with. Young users will also have access to the new Family Face Off function that lets kids compete in a 5-day step challenge with other Fitbit-wearing family members.

The tracker will encourage kids to get up and move when they are still for too long. Unlike the adult version, which sets the default movement goal at 30 minutes, the Fitbit Ace’s default is set to 60 minutes, in sync with the World Health Organization’s recommendation that kids get at least one hour of physical activity each day.

The Fitbit Ace will go on sale in late Spring, just in time to help kids get off the couch during summer break. The tracker, which will cost $99.95, will come in purple and blue and will be shower-proof.

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