Here's where you'll find all the latest news about technology for children. We love to follow cool new inventions on Kickstarter and we hunt out all the latest announcements about tech toys and gadgets for the coming Christmas holidays. You'll also get our take on children's technology stories in the media.


Our kids technology product reviews are intended to help you work out whether a toy, gadget or kit is a good fit for your child or family. There's lots of cool stuff available, but is it the right choice for the child or teenager that you are buying for? We'll help you make the right choices and get the best value for money.

GIFT GUIDES$show=/search/label/gift%20guide

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends assemble. We create gift lists to help you make good choices for kids technology which helps them develop the right skills for the future. We research the best in Coding Toys and Games, Making / Craft Tools and Kits, STEM/STEAM related gifts, Programmable Robots, Electronics Kits and Gadgets for Tech Age Kids and Teens.


Get crafty with technology. Here we'll post all our ideas and projects using technology to get creative and making with kids. You'll find anything from making a lemon battery to a glow-in-the-dark Minecraft sword. Our projects are tried and tested on our own kids or at events we run, so we are sure you can have a go at home with your kids. Some of our projects use specific tech gadgets which we provide links for you to purchase.


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In recent years there is an increased focus in these areas of study. We like to include Art and Design too, so we often talk about STEAM (A stands for Art). At Tech Age Kids we believe Coding is a new literacy and children need to understand how technology works, practice making skills and grow in their curiosity to make a better future for us all.


Coding is increasingly being recognised as an important skill for children to learn. Some will learn to code at school or at a coding club, but it's brilliant if they get support at home too.


We think it's really important for kids to get hands-on with electronics and learn how to make circuits and write code to control hardware. Younger kids can start with conductive playdough. For kids who like to combine craft and tech, littleBits are fab. And we love SAM Labs wireless electronics components for making it easy for kids to make Internet of Things inventions. Lots of electronics kits for kids have support for the Arduino microprocessor environment. The DuinoKit Jr is one of our favourites. Arduino is a fab skill for older kids and teens to develop.


We love robots at Tech Age Kids, especially programmable ones. We've got lots of them and write reviews and projects that use them. Our programmable robots for kids buying guide is a good place to start if you're not sure what's available. Roby the mBot Meccano robot dog is one of our popular projects and has been with us to lots of events. Our Ozobot LEGO trailer is fab for kids who love LEGO and robots.

MAKING AND CRAFT$show=/search/label/making

We're advocates of the creative use of technology, but this needs to be balanced with developing physical skills such as papercraft, woodwork, clay modelling, technical drawing and soldering. If children don't develop these skills as they grow up then physical making projects can become frustrating rather than fun. The Maker Community uses the term 'making' as a broad term to include all sorts of artisan skills or craft activities. Being able to make things can lead to life-long hobbies or even careers. It's a great feeling to be able to take a project from an idea in your head to a real object that does something. We're particularly interested to explore products that combine maker skills with tech skills such as electronics but others focus purely on the physical making skills that are still important to modern making.

⌚Which Fitbit tracker for Teens? Inspire vs Charge vs Luxe - buying guide

Fitbit tracker for teens, inspire, luxe, charge

Considering a Fitbit fitness tracker for your teen? Let's take a look at the options and see which Fitbit makes the most sense for you and your teen. This will depend on your budget and their lifestyle and what you want to achieve with the device. 

Fitbits for age 13+ 

We've focussed this article on Fitbit choices for teens because the grown-up models are designed for age 13+. If you have a child under this age then you are limited to the FitBit Ace range which is designed for younger kids.

Best Fitbit for ...

  • Budget. The Inspire 3 (still the latest model for 2023), or if you can find it discounted, the Inspire 2.
  • Looks. The Luxe. Important if style really matters. 
  • Fitness. The Charge 6 (updated model for 2023). Packed with fitness features and also looks good. 
  • Small wrists. The Luxe is compact. 
  • Battery life. The Inspire 3 (or 2) has a typical battery life of 10 days, higher than the other models (less if you make use of the always-on-screen feature for the Inspire 3 though.)
  • Runners. The Charge 5 has built-in GPS functionality for tracking runs so you don't need to have your phone with you. 
  • Contactless payments. The Charge 5 has Fitbit Pay which allows credit and debit cards to be added. This requires a suitable card which may not be available to younger teens. 
  • Mindfulness. The Inspire 3 is the cheapest device to feature the Relax app with guided breathing (the Luxe also has it). 
  • Health monitoring. The Charge 5 has heart and skin temperature monitoring (not medical advice but useful information.)

Features that all recent Fitbit fitness trackers have

Note that this doesn't include the Fitbit Ace for kids which has a different feature set. The most recent models of the Fitbit ranges considered for teens in this guide all have:
  • Pedometer/step tracking. Set goals for number of steps per day. 
  • Water resistance. Don't worry if they accidentally take their device into the shower! The devices can also be used for swimming. 
  • Heart rate monitoring. Keep track of resting heart rate and heart rate during exercise. 
  • Menstrual health tracking. Useful to have this in the same app as other health and fitness information. Be aware of data privacy issues though.
  • Choice of straps. Additional official straps in different colours and styles are available for all models but note that they are different for each device.  
  • Sleep tracking. Really useful for teens who have difficulty sleeping or have unpredictable sleep routines. Can you spot any patterns between the sleep their getting and their mood? All the ranges have a smart alarm feature which could make waking up less painful for teens!
  • Fitbit app. Lots of reporting features and historical information. Additional reports and content (such as exercise and meditation routines) if you have Fitbit premium (charged after free trial.)
  • Phone link. Call, text and app notifications. The Find my phone app allows you to play a loud sound on your phone. This is really useful for teens who lose track of their phone (very useful for one of my teens ...) 
  • Fast charging. These devices charge quickly if your teen puts off charging or or forgets to charge their Fitbit. Very useful!
  • Colour screen. The most recent model in each range has a colour screen with a choice of clock faces. Note that the older Inspire 2 has a black and white screen.
  • Android or Apple. The Fibit app and syncing with the Fitbit works with most Android and iOS devices.
Note that none of the most recent models has an altimeter with floor tracking. This might come as a disappointment if you have used older Fitbits that did have this feature. None of the fitness trackers has Bluetooth on-wrist phone calls either, you need a Fitbit smartwatch for that. 

What to consider when buying a fitness tracker for teens

  • Size and fit. For younger teens and girls with a small frame, the size of the device is important to consider. Fitbits are primarily designed for adults and some models will look a bit chunky on a slim teen, they might be fine with this but it's worth considering. Most Fitbits come with a small and large strap and the small strap does fit a small wrist which is good.  
  • Appearance. For many teens, appearance is important. There's no point buying a device that doesn't get worn because it doesn't match an outfit! This is actually one of the key differentiators between the different models so it's worth considering. 
  • Battery life. Maybe your teen is brilliant at remembering to keep devices changed, but maybe they're not! There's a trade-off across the Fitbit models of how fancy the screen is, the size of the device, and how often it needs to be charged. (It's really annoying if you're just about to head off on a family hike and your teen realizes their Fitbit is about to run out of charge ...)
  • Features. All of the Fitbit trackers will keep track of number of steps taken and sleep. If your child is a runner or cyclist then the GPS tracker is a great feature. You might also want to consider whether they will use the device for swimming. 

Things to consider

The app tracks calories burned and allows tracking of calories consumed. This may be a positive, negative or neutral feature depending on the relationship your teen has with food. 

The app offers menstruation tracking. This could be a really useful feature for teen girls who are getting used to their cycle. You should consider data privacy issues carefully depending on your local legal situation. This is an important discussion to have with teen girls.

The app offers lots of data and analysis. You should have regular discussions with your teen to make sure they understand the data they are seeing and whether anything is worrying them. A Fitbit can be helpful in identifying potential medical issues that should be discussed with a medical professional but some teens may be prone to worry about any information they don't fully understand. The app is not designed specifically for teens so they may need help interpreting it. 

A Fitbit can be a really useful tool for helping young people of all fitness levels. It can help athletes to track their performance and motivate less active young people to have a healthier lifestyle. Some teens may have a tendency to obsess over data so it's important to help them keep things in perspective. 

The Fitbit app allows users to share data with friends. Make sure your teen understands that they can decide which data to share and whether it is appropriate for them to share their data with others. 

Fitbits don't all use the same charging cable. This is a pain for families who need to take multiple cables on vacation and won't be able to share cables at home or when a cable gets lost. The Luxe and Charge 5 use the same cable. The Ace (kids) and Inspire 2 use the same cable. The Inspire 3 and other models each use different cables! If you have multiple different devices you might want to label them. 

You really need a phone to make the most of a modern Fitbit device. You can use it to track steps and heart rate without a phone but many of the features are accessed through the Fitbit app on a connected phone. 

Understanding the Fitbit models

Fitbit Inspire is the entry-level range and will be the right choice if budget is your main concern and you just want a good quality well-featured fitness tracker without high-end features. This is the range that my teens have and they use them for keeping track of their daily activity and their sleep. 

Fitbit Inspire 2 vs Inspire 3

The Fitbit Inspire 3 is the new device in this range, launched in September 2022. However, you may find the Fitbit Inspire 2 at a discounted price for a while. 

The screen on the new Fitbit Inspire 3 is much nicer than the one on the Inspire 2 and also has an 'always on' option which is really useful for getting immediate feedback while exercising (but does drain the battery more quickly). The Inspire 3 comes in a different range of strap colours. The Inspire 3 has mostly the same sensing capabilities as the Inspire 2 but it adds SpO2 (blood oxygen) monitoring.

For many teens the improved appearance of the Fitbit Inspire 3 will make it more desirable. But if your teen isn't worried about that or actually prefers the slightly smaller Inspire 2 and doesn't need the new features then they'll probably be quite happy with an Inspire 2 if you find it available at a good price. The older Inspire 2 also comes with 12 months of Fitbit premium membership whereas it's only 6 months for the newer models. 

Fitbit Inspire 3 vs Fitbit Luxe

The Fitbit Luxe range focusses on appearance with a fitness tracker that also serves as jewellery. This is likely to appeal to teens who don't want to wear an obvious fitness device all the time but do want the benefits of a fitness tracker. 

The Luxe is slim and nicely designed and even comes in a version with a gold bracelet. 

The Luxe has a colour display but needs charging more often (typically every 5 days instead of every 10). The Fitbit Luxe does track SpO2 but doesn't have GPS tracking (so it can't provide maps of your runs.)

The Luxe is a much nicer-looking device and if you have the extra budget and don't need the GPS feature then this makes a great tracker for teen girls.

Fitbit Inspire 3 vs Fitbit Charge 5

The Charge range is the premium fitness tracker (before you move on to the fitness watch category of products.) It looks nicer than the Inspire range and it has GPS tracking. The Charge 5 is a wider device but not as chunky as the Inspire range. 

The Charge 5 has additional heart rate monitoring features including ECG and heart rate variability monitoring. It also measures skin temperature and variation. This makes the Charge 5 a good choice for health monitoring though it shouldn't be seen as a medical device. 

I have the Charge 5 because I preferred the look of it to the Inspire range but I wanted the GPS feature which the Luxe is lacking.  

Update: The Fitbit Charge 6 is new for 2023 and has a physical button on the side to make it easier to navigate. Unless you find the older model seriously discounted then you'll want to choose the newer model. 

Which Fitbits have GPS tracking?

The Charge 5 has built-in GPS so you don't have to have your phone with you to be able to create a map of a run. The Inspire 3 (and Inspire 2) and Luxe can use the GPS feature of your phone which means you'll need to take your phone with you to have GPS tracking.

Which Fitbits are waterproof?

All of the latest models are water resistant up to 50m for showers and swimming (except the kids Ace range.)


There's actually less technical difference between the different Fitbit tracker models than you might expect. 

For teens, the practical factors such as battery life and the appearance of the model might be more important. The main exception is if you want built-in GPS tracking which the Charge 5 or Charge 6 has. 

2023/4 latest models:

24 days of Scratch coding book cover and cute penguin

2013,13,2023,1,3d printing,5,3DTin,2,accessories,1,activities,1,adafruit,1,advent calendar,2,adventure games,1,amazon,13,amazon fire,2,amazon prime,1,android,6,angry birds,1,animation,6,anki,1,app,19,app toy,4,app toys,8,appcessories,1,apple,1,apps,25,arcbotics,1,architecture,4,arckit,9,arduino,33,art,1,artificial intelligence,5,astronauts,2,astronomy,1,augmented reality,11,automaton,1,awards,1,battle bots,2,battling robots,2,bedtime,1,big kids,103,big tablets,1,bigtrak,1,bike,1,binary,1,birthday,4,bitsbox,1,black friday,2,blockly,1,blogging,1,bloxels,1,bluetooth,2,board games,7,book,2,books,35,boolean box,1,breadboard,2,bricks,1,brixo,1,buying guide,11,camera,4,cameras,1,card game,1,careers,2,catroid,1,celebration,1,cellphone,1,ces,2,chemistry,2,chess,1,christmas,44,circuit cubes,1,circuit playground,8,circuit scribe,10,cleaning,1,climbing,1,code clubs,1,code-a-pillar,1,codebug,1,coder,2,coding,173,cognitive learning,1,communication,1,comparison,1,competition/challenges,9,computational thinking,3,computer,2,computer games,2,computer science,2,computer vision,2,computers,1,computing,1,conductive playdough,2,connected toys,7,construction,40,conversational ai,1,cozmo,1,craft,34,craft cutter,3,creative thinking,1,creativity,3,crochet,1,crowdfunding,120,css,1,cubs,1,curiosity,1,curious chip,1,cyber monday,1,dads,1,data,2,deals,4,dens,2,design,10,design process,1,design thinking,7,digital parenting,2,digital skills,13,disability,1,disney infinity,1,dog tech,1,dolls,2,drawing,2,drones,2,duinokit,1,earth day,1,Easter,4,ebooks,11,eco,1,edblocks,1,edison,5,edtech,1,education,79,egypt,1,electricity,1,electronic pets,2,electronic toys,2,electronics,141,electronics kit,4,electronics kits,1,electtronics,1,elementary,1,elenco,2,energy,1,engineering,17,entertainment,1,ereader,2,ereaders,6,esafety,1,escape the room,1,event,21,ewriter,1,exercise,4,family,12,family tech,2,fathers day,1,Festival of Code,1,fiction,1,fire,1,fitbit,1,fitness,1,fitness tracker,3,flotilla,3,flow charts,1,flutterbye fairy,1,flying,1,force awakens,2,force friday,2,future,2,gadgets,36,games,35,games console,2,games consoles,8,gaming,3,gift guide,55,gifts,12,girls,24,giveaway,4,glow in the dark,1,google,1,grace hopper,1,grove,1,hackaball,2,hacksoton,1,halloween,13,halloween costumes,1,hardware,3,headphones,1,health,1,hexbug,3,hexbug aquabots,1,hexbug project,1,high school,1,history,26,home,1,home education,2,homeschool,4,hot toys,7,hour of code,3,html,4,humanoid,4,ICT,1,in app purchasing,1,indiegogo,13,industry event,9,innotab,5,innotab 3,3,innotab 3s,1,internet access,1,interviews,1,invention,4,ios,3,IoT,4,ipad,7,ipad mini,1,iphone,2,jacquard,1,japan,1,java,1,javascript,5,k'nex,7,k'nex robotics,1,kano,8,keyboard,1,kickstarter,92,kids,3,kindle,7,kindle fire,8,kit,2,kits,5,kodu,1,kubo,1,label printer,1,languages,1,laptop,1,laptops,1,last minute,1,leap motion,1,leapfrog,2,leappad,7,leappad 2,3,leappad ultra,3,leappad2,1,leapreader,1,learning,5,learning resources,5,learning tablet,2,learning tablets,9,leds,2,lego,36,lego boost,1,lego chain reactions,1,lego mindstorms ev3,5,lego power functions,2,lego technic,5,lego wedo,2,let's start coding,1,lights,1,lightseekers,1,little kids,110,littlebits,16,logiblocs,1,logic,3,logical thinking,4,loom,1,machines,1,magnetic,1,make it,2,makeblock,16,makedo,1,maker,6,makey makey,6,making,54,mardles,1,mars,1,mars rover,1,marty,1,math,3,maths,1,mbot,6,mbot ranger,1,me arm,1,meccano,6,meccanoid,5,meccanoid 2.0,1,merge vr,1,mews,1,michael faraday,1,micro:bit,9,microbit,6,microcontroller,5,microscope,1,microsoft,2,middle school,6,miles kelly,1,mindstorms,3,minecraft,21,minecraft mods,1,mixed reality,1,mobile,2,modular electronics,2,monsters university,1,morse code,2,mothers day,4,motion capture,1,motors,2,mover kit,3,movie,1,movies,4,mu,1,mu toys,1,munzee,1,music,10,my first robot,2,national dog day,1,nature,1,new,1,new year,1,news,170,news coding,1,nikola tesla,1,nintendo,2,nintendo switch,3,ohbot,3,ollie,3,on the web,1,opinion,19,origami,1,osmo,4,outdoors,13,ouya,1,ozobot,10,papercraft,3,paperwhite,1,parental controls,2,parenting,34,parrot,1,pc,1,people,8,pet tech,2,pets,3,phone,1,photography,1,photon,1,physics,3,pi day,1,picks,2,pimoroni,1,pinoccio,1,pixel kit,1,pixelart,4,play,2,playstation 4,3,plezmo,1,pocket code,1,pocket money,1,pokemon,4,pokemon go,4,poll,1,pre order,1,pre-teens,2,prehistory,1,preschoolers,42,primary,41,printable,1,products,34,professor einstein,1,programming,15,project,102,projects,12,puzzles,4,python,10,racing,1,raspberry pi,29,reading,12,reivew,1,remote control,1,research,3,resource,34,resources,2,retro,2,review,223,rights,1,robot,11,robot dog,1,robot fish,1,robot wars,3,ROBOTERRA,1,roboticals,1,robotics,32,robots,140,role models,1,role play,1,romo,1,romotive,1,root,1,rover,1,safety,2,sam labs,6,samuel morse,1,sandbox,1,schools,3,science,16,scratch,48,scratchjr,3,screen time,2,screenless,15,screens,1,sensors,5,servos,1,simbrix,7,skills,1,skylanders,3,skylanders superchargers,1,skylanders swap force,1,smart pens,1,smartphone,1,smartwatch,1,snap circuits,2,social media,1,solar power,2,soldering,2,sonic pi,1,sony koov,1,sound,3,space,9,sparki,2,speaker,3,speech sythesis,1,sphero,12,sphero mini,1,spider,2,star wars,6,stars,1,STEAM,1,stem,10,stikbot,1,stop motion,2,stop motion studio,1,storage,1,story,2,strawbees,2,students,1,subscription,5,subscriptions,1,sugru,1,summer,7,swift,1,tablet,3,tablets,23,tangible coding,2,tech,3,tech age,1,tech craft,4,tech is bad,7,tech is good,4,tech toys,21,tech will save us,10,technology,2,technology will save us,3,teens,64,teknikio,3,tekno,1,teksta,1,tenka labs,1,tesla,1,textiles,1,thames & kosmos,2,the extraordinaires,1,tim berners lee,1,tinkercad,1,tinybop,3,toddlers,9,toot-toot,1,top pick,9,touch,1,toy,1,toys,5,travelling,1,TTS,1,TV,1,tween,1,tweens,119,tynker,2,typing,1,ux,1,vehicles,1,videos,3,view-master,1,views,10,virtual reality,8,voice assistants,1,voice recognition,2,vr,4,vtech,8,web,2,websites,1,wifi,1,wii,2,wii u,2,windows 8,1,wonder workshop,9,wowwee,2,writing,7,writing. education,1,xbox one,2,xyzprinting,1,
Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children: ⌚Which Fitbit tracker for Teens? Inspire vs Charge vs Luxe - buying guide
⌚Which Fitbit tracker for Teens? Inspire vs Charge vs Luxe - buying guide
Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy