Since Fitbit now sells a device designed specifically for children – the Fitbit Ace – privacy issues are only natural. Creating a standard Fitbit account for your child and adding friends will open them to the social aspects of Fitbit services, as well as random friend requests.
Enter Fitbit's new Family Account feature, which is specifically designed to keep your child's account private and secure. Setting up the Fitbit Ace ($ 100 at Amazon.com) and building a Fitbit family account is easy once you realize one important aspect: it's all based on your Fitbit account.
Using your child's account / device
When I set up my family account, I made the mistake of using my device to create an account for each of my children. I assumed that I would create a username and password that would allow me to log into the Fitbit app on their devices. I was wrong, mainly because I did not follow the instructions.
Instead, you need to install the Fitbit app on the device that your child uses to sync the Fitbit Ace, and then sign in to your Fitbit account.
Once the account has been created, you can associate the Ace with your child's device. At some point during the process, the app prompts you to submit the device to your child so they can complete the setup process.
If you did not follow the instructions
And you create your child's account on your device, do not worry – you can still use this account on your child's device.
Install the Fitbit app on your child's device and sign in to your Fitbit account. Then tap the profile card> My family followed your child's name in the list of accounts associated with your family.
An option to Switch to Children's View is available on the information screen of the account. Tap it and then enter your account password. Simple enough, right?
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