I love my new Fire and so does my 8-year-old daughter. The ideal situation is to have a password to access marked content. That way my entire reading or video list isn't visible to her when I let her use it. I know this isn't possible now, but perhaps it should be. (Goes without saying that marked content should not be visible in the carousel either.)
Getting her one of her own has its own problems because I'd have to set up a separate account and link my credit cards to it. I could shut off one-click shopping and force a password to be entered for each purchase. But (really!) what we need are ways to block some of the content. I bought my original Kindle device because I couldn't keep lurid romance cover books around the house anymore and the Kindle keyboard was a perfect solution. This is the same problem again only worse because the Kindle app shows the cover in vivid detail!
See the thread "Does the Kindle Fire have parental controls?". But bottom line, to download any free apps you need to enter your credit card and there are NO restrictions on buying things once you're on. Currently, if your kids want to buy that $4.99 app for the funny character or movie, there is no stopping them.
"Currently, if your kids want to buy that $4.99 app for the funny character or movie, there is no stopping them."
I have found that you CAN request a refund for certain items. Books and apps, within a short amount of time after the mistake is made... Movies and streaming content... NO... they buy it, you pay for it.
For perspective, until fairly recently,the same was true on the iPad/iPod Touch. I didn't include the iPhone because I figure if someone has an iPhone, they're old enough to make purchase decisions.
Hopefully Amazon will address this AND and allow 1-Click to be turned off ... From their perspective, the Kindle Fire is nothing more than a sales accelerator, so why would they want to do something to slow down sales?
Wait until some 8 year old buys erotica through Amazon and it makes national news. Then we'll see how they react.
CS has told me the only thing we can do is set up the Fire on it's own account, then NOT add a credit card. Then go to the store, buy a PHYSICAL Kindle gift card, and set that up as the payment method. Sort of makes the Fire a "prepay" account. Seems hilarious that, in this digital age, I have to drive in my car to a store that sells Kindle gift cards, stand in line with the physical piece of plastic in my hand, buy it, come home, then apply it to her account.
The downside of the above method is that her (my 13 year old daughter) Kindle is then on it's own account, so no sharing or between it and any other Kindles or things on my account.
So, two painful choices:
1. Set up the child's Kindle Fire as another device on my account. Then tell her "don't click that 1-click button, don't do it". Then, when she DOES, deal with it after the fact ("Daddyeee!! It was ONLY $2000 last month. But I got some COOL tunes and movies!").
2. Set her up on her own account on the device, then jump through firey hoops every time we want to let her buy something.
But, of course, Amazon thinks every child, every person on the planet, should have UNLIMITED ability to buy from Amazon! So I don't expect much help from them on this.
But is it possible to turn off 1-click for the entire account? Just require a person who knows the credit card information to actually do the transactions, and not store the credit card info in the account. Then I could have all of us on one account, but only I could buy things because only I know the credit card info?
think this is a HUGE issue for parents. I have two 8 year olds and a 10 year old and no responsible parent would give a child a device with unfiltered access to the internet via the silk browser. You can handle the credit card issue by setting up a separate account for the kids' devices and use a gift card for purchasing content or simply gift the books to the kids accounts. But I cannot figure out anyway to disable or password protect the silk browser. I have owned more than 6 kindles over the years and am a huge fan of Amazon but I am seriously considering returning the 3 fires I just purchased and buying my kids iPads instead..
I just bought a Kindle Fire for my niece for Christmas and am now wondering about account setup. I assumed I could purchase gift cards for her account but then was not sure about credit card requirements. It sounds like there is hope of setting up the account without setting the credit card. I hope this is true.
I wish there was an answer in thread about how to set up a Kindle for a child in their own account without a credit card, but with an amazon gift card.
I want my daughter to be able to download free aps or .99, but I'd like to give her maybe 50$ and let her nurse that along throughout the year until she gets birthday money or something to put more on her account.
I don't see a "amazon gift card" option on registering the device on her newly created amazon account
I can't download content to my kindle fires (5 for my kids). When I called Amazon, they told me the account was pending (even though I entered 5 gift cards totaling more than $100). They said that they did not know when this would be fixed. Anyone else with this problem?
Either buy a Netgear router with OpenDNS parental controls built into the router so every electronic device in your house goes through their parental controls, or reconfigure your router per OpenDNS to direct your router's DNS addresses through OpenDNS's website to provide parental control. Their service is free, too. Oh, it is NOT perfect, but it at least does a good job on the websites. I only wish they provided a method of providing parental control on "keyword" searches (e.g. busty, bbw, etc.) as photos or You Tube videos of the like still come through.
The unauthorized purchasing is one problem; the other is all the inappropriate material the kids can subject them selves to just by looking around the lending library. I'll give out a challenge, look around for 30 seconds and I'll bet you'll find something you would not want your child exposed to. Amazon needs to give parents the options to control what kind of content is available on the unit.
In the year I have had my kindle I have never come across anything I wouldn't let my kids read. I allow them to read anything they wish, reading is learning. As my oldest is an eagle scout who has served 2 tours in Iraq, I think he turned out fine. My kids probably come across more unappealing things on the computers at school than they do here. I would never embarass them by treating them so shabbily as to put nanny blocks on the computer.
I posted this today in another thread with similar concerns. I will repost here as it is relevant to this thread also. Especially for those searching for answers that are not widely known yet.
GOOD NEWS FOR TRUSTING PARENTS THAT STILL WANT TO AVOID PURCHASING ACCIDENTS!!
This is a portion of the response I received from Amazon last night: "There is an alternate solution which we have launched recently for Kindle Fire customers related to the content purchase.
We receive many query related to the 1 click payment setup. I understand it would be annoying to see to order Kindle books and active content on Amazon.com, you must establish a default 1-Click billing address on your Amazon.com account. You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your account to order free Kindle books and active content, or purchase using an Amazon.com gift card."
"launched recently for Kindle Fire customers" "You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your account to order free Kindle books and active content or purchase using an Amazon.com gift card"
You can either make the child a new account without a credit card attached, or you can remove your credit card from your current account.
I chose to remove the cc on my curent account so the two Fire units (Childrens x-mas gifts) can also enjoy the free prime video streaming. We can also share apps that are paid for only once and shared my all our android devices also.
A step in the right direction, but not the preferred step. I want an "iTunes" setup with a password needed for any purchases that are not free. Therefore, I wouldn't need to inconvenience myself by removing my CC from the account. Until that happens, I did remove my CC from my account as I would rather have peace of mind over convenience.
I agree that a parent can't control everything their child is exposed to. I don't "nanny" what my 15 year old son douse on the internet. I talk to him and help him understand the consequences of the things he exposes himself to. However it's another issue completely for my 9 year old daughter to go looking for Calvin and Hobbes in the comic section and find "Wicked Desires: Steamy Sex Stories Volume 1", "Sex Gone Horribly Wrong"," Interracial Gangbang Volume 1", "My Neighbor Backside/EROTIC/ANAL SEX/ ","Mommy Loves Her Hard Sons (Taboo Story) ". This is OK for kids? Really?!
I don't think many kids would even be interested, but when I was in 5th grade, I snuck my dad's porno to school and read it to ALL the girls at recess. It's natural, I'm not going to try and hide it from them. I haven't seen many kids yet who haven't sneaked a look at a porno magazine.