Devices are fast becoming an essential for kids. They are a requirement for many students in school, they do their homework on them and they even FaceTime their relatives and friends. Which is fine (sometimes great) it’s the way the world is going. But what do you do when your child slowly loses interest in sport as a result?
Tech that gets kids moving
Yes, it’s true that devices, gaming systems and the like can distract children and teens from good exercise habits but technology can also help get them up and moving. I’m not talking about playing Pokémon GO on your phone (although, it did get a lot of people outside and talking to one another). I mean technology like Activity monitors/bands or a good set of headphones.
Sometimes a little prompting is all you need and being able to crank the tunes and go for a run is perfect after a long day at school (or work).
Laser V-Fitness Activity Monitor review
The Laser V-Fitness Activity Monitor is perfect for kids (and adults) that are health conscious, have a little bit of a competitive streak in the playground with friends or just need a little reminder to get moving every so often.
Just like similar products on the market, the V-Fitness Activity Monitor allows you to track your steps, distance travelled, and calories burnt. It also monitors your heart rate and sleep. The sleep tracking feature is great if you get 8 hours sleep but wake up feeling exhausted. It allows you to see how much (or little) of those 8 hours were deep sleep and how often you woke up.
Kyze is ten and loves this product. He is quite an active kid and each day tries to beat his previous distance travelled. The fitness watch is quite slim in size but it doesn’t skimp on screen size, the display is quite a reasonable size. When I have used the Activity Monitor I have found it is great for a quick view of smartphone messages and alerts when on the move.
- Count steps & calories burned
- Sync to Google Fit + Apple Health
- Notifications & Call Alerts
- Comes with 3x different size bands
- USB Charger
- Water resistant
- Suitable for children 7+ years & Adults
Available at: Big W
Audiofly AF33W MK2 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones
I am a huge fan of wireless earphones. They give me the flexibility to work out at the gym or go running without worrying I’ll pull them out.
So how do the Audiofly AF33W Wireless Bluetooth earphones stand up to other sets I’ve previously used? They are simple to connect to Bluetooth, the sound is crisp with easy controls. I have been able to run, twist, jump and anything a workout throws at me and the earpieces have stayed put.
These earphones come with three different size silicone tips which is great as my 10-year-old asked if he could borrow these for school during tech time and simply changing the tip size made them the perfect fit.
- Comfortable to wear
- Easy to use
- Sweat resistant and durable
- Stylish – available in three colourways of Eucalyptus Green, White & Rose-Gold and All-Black
- 3x tip sizes
- 8 hours playback
- 9 hours talk time
- 200 hours standby time
- Operating range is 10m
- 90 minute charge time
- Micro USB charger
- Comes with fabric pouch
Available at: JB Hi-Fi
Whether you are a sporty person or just want to listen to music, these items are great. They are budget friendly, durable and are ideal for kids and adults.
Many schools require children to supply their own iPads, laptops and various devices so it makes sense that they will also need headphones to minimise disruptions during class. Same goes for commuters on public transport – use headphones people, no one wants to listen to the movie you’re watching or hear your phone call that you insist having on speakerphone. Keep it classy!