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(Pocket-lint) - Fitbit has launched the second generation of its kids fitness tracker, the Fitbit Ace 2. The original Fitbit Ace was designed for children aged eight and above, but the new model is suitable for ages six and over, according to the company.

The Fitbit Ace 2 brings a new swim-proof design, fun colours and patterns, as well as challenges and children-friendly features. It offers a five-day battery life, an easy-to-use touchscreen, an adjustable silicone band, and a number of new clock faces and goal celebrations, specifically designed for children. The kid-friendly activity tracker is now available and is listed at $69.95 in the US on Fitbit.com.

The tracker also has a built-in screen-protecting bumper to make sure the display doesn't get scratched or ruined when your child plays, while the silicone strap should mean the Ace 2 is easy to clean. As your child grows up, the display from the Ace 2 can also be combined with the Inspire HR straps to allow for a more grown-up look. The Ace 2 has parental controls to help safeguard privacy, even.

Parents are able to review their child's activity and sleep habits through the Fitbit app in a specific family section. If any of this interests you, the Ace 2 costs £69.99 in the UK. It comes in three colour options of Watermelon, Night Sky or Neon Yellow. There are also additional colours and accessory options, including classic silicone bands, printed bands and the Inspire HR bands for older children.

Accessories start at £19.99. 


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Writing by Britta O'Boyle and Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 6 March 2019.