Garmin already has a slew of colorful fitness trackers for kids, but the $149.99 Bounce is the company’s first LTE smartwatch for children.
The device is intended to help parents keep an eye on their children without having to purchase a smartphone or manage what their children do with it.
Bounce has both GPS and LTE built in. In addition to tracking their child’s location, Bounce allows parents to set alerts for when their child leaves a specific area.
Children can also send their current location to their parents via the Garmin Jr. app via a notification. During school hours, parents can activate a do-not-disturb mode, similar to Apple’s Family Setup on the Apple Watch.
Bounce, in addition to location tracking, supports two-way text and voice messages. Children can send messages directly from the watch, which parents can view in the app.
Children can also send messages to other Bounce watches as long as the contact is approved by their parents.
There’s also an Assistance feature in the Garmin Jr.app where children in distress can alert their family, as well as a live view of their current location.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Garmin without health and fitness features. Bounce, like other Garmin fitness trackers for kids, tracks sleep, steps, and active minutes.
Kids can also track their activities like walking, running, biking, and pool swimming. Gamification options, team challenges, and the ability for parents to set up chore reminders are also included in the Garmin Jr. app.
Timers, alarms, and stopwatch functions are among the other “smart” features. In terms of battery life, Bounce is expected to last two days on a single charge.
LTE smartwatches for children are not exactly novel. Sprint will release a similar device in 2020, while Verizon will release the GizmoWatch 2 and T-Mobile will release the Timex Family Connect.
However, unlike those watches, the Bounce is carrier agnostic, handling cellular through the Garmin Jr. app via a $9.99 monthly subscription.
It’s significantly less expensive than using Family Setup on an Apple Watch — and roughly comparable to other LTE-capable child trackers like the Jiobit Smart Tag.
The Garmin Bounce is now available in three different colors: green, black, and lilac.