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Initial post: Oct 5, 2012 7:51:44 AM PDT
Teresa Hill says:
I am thinking about buying this for my daughter vs. the ipad however i cant find anything on the website that says if there are any parental controls for the device.
Anyone have insight?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 7:54:51 AM PDT
Sometime this month, there will be a free app:

Kindle FreeTime is a new service, built from the ground up to help give parents peace of mind when it comes to tablet use. Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. Kindle FreeTime is free on every Kindle Fire HD.

When kids use Kindle FreeTime, it's like they have their very own, personalized tablet. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design. They only see the titles that they have access to see. The home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles. And, they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics - for example "Cinderella," "Dinosaurs," or "Puppies."

Many parents choose to limit their kids' screen time, but doing so without the proper tools is difficult. With Kindle FreeTime, parents can set daily limits for Kindle Fire HD use, or restrict certain categories - like games and video - while leaving unlimited time for reading.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:01:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 8:02:33 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:

The Kindle Fire already has an extensive set of Parental Controls and the addition of "FreeTime" via a free software update later this month will enhance them significantly. However, the topic of "parental controls" is a complicated one. What is perfect for one parent is completely inadequate for another. Some parents are concerned simply about blocking accidental purchases on the device. At the other extreme are parents who want to control their child's access to particular internet sites (possible with available third party apps) or want Amazon to block access to advertising they consider inappropriate (not really possible at this time and unlikely to be a high priority for Amazon.)

All in all, I'd say that the vast majority of parents can already find the tools they need to accomplish their objectives. And the addition of "FreeTime" will fill in some of the holes that still exist (such as blocking access to what a parent considers inappropriate content on a particular device.)

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:51:18 AM PST
Do all of the kindle have good parental controls? And are there good, web, parental controls? I want to allow my daughter online but don't want her to see anything inappropriate.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 8:00:27 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

I hope you can understand that what you consider "inappropriate" for your daughter doesn't necessarily match what others consider "inappropriate." Thus, the notion that Amazon (or any manufacturer) could implement a set of parental controls that make those choices automatically is highly problematic.

The First Gen Kindle Fire included a couple of apps that might meet your requirements. One is a browser from Maxthon and the other is Net Nanny. However, neither of these apps has been released for the second generation devices yet. I suspect that each will be available when they have been re-certified for the new hardware. If you would like to express your desire to see them available on the Kindle Fire, I suggest you contact the developers via their websites.

Net Nanny for Android

Maxthon Kid-Safe Web

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 8:43:57 AM PST
Can you restrict purchasing on kindle? My son keeps buying apps. I want to be able to block him from instant purchasing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 8:51:06 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
@Lashaunda - Yes, there are parental controls to restrict purchasing. Which Kindle does your son have? If it's one of the Fires, open Settings, then tap More -> Parental Controls.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 9:49:40 AM PST
Thanks Ann,

We have the kindle fire. I will try that.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:14:59 AM PST
Im bying abook in my daugthers kindle fire is a way of blocking her from reading my book?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 8:17:35 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

The "50 Shades of Grey" problem can be solved if your daughter has a second generation Kindle Fire. However, it will involve setting up a user profile for her with the Kindle FreeTime app.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 8:56:59 AM PST

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 6:02:39 PM PST
T. Rogers says:
I have a first gen kindle fire and am thinking about getting my daughter a refurbished one for christmas. My question: If it is on my account, does she have access to everything I have purchased myself? The "50 Shades of Grey" problem mentioned above.....
I also don't want to have to wade through all of the goofy free apps she'll be downloading. How does that work???

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 6:21:04 AM PST
Mama23 says:
In regards to the "innaporpriate" question,I would like to be able to just shut off the internet browser and youtube, like I can on my son's iPod. He would really like to upgrade to a Kindle Fire, especially since I can let him have full access to books and limited access to games, but I would like the option to just block the web completely. Is that an option on the new Kindle?

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:29:15 AM PST
MCfromCT says:
I have the same Q...can you block all access to the internet and youtube on a Kindle Fire HD?

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:32:54 AM PST
If you install FreeTime on the Fire HD, while in Freetime kids only have access to the specific books, music, apps and video you give them access to. They do not have access to download or even see your other books, they can't go on internet and they can't use Prime streaming.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 5:49:08 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Zombie's post is correct. Just to add a bit more, some apps that use the internet CAN be enabled for use within Kindle FreeTime if desired, e.g. Netflix, Pandora. TunIn Radio, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 9:00:05 PM PST
Will a third party browser work, in Freetime mode?

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 7:18:32 PM PST
D Rogers says:
I'm considering buying a Kindle Fire (non-HD) for my 7-year-old but don't want her to access the Internet unless I'm with her. Is there a Free-Time-like tool for the non-HD device?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 7:21:23 PM PST
There is no browser available within Freetime mode, unless you buy a third party browser, and allow it in your app selections, within Freetime.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 8:00:50 PM PST
What about kid friendly websites like or a reading site my kid's teacher uses (I can't think of the name right now) but my daughter can log in and read books on my laptop then answer comprehension questions for class credit? I love the idea of the FreeTime app and I am leaning toward buying a Kindle Fire HD because of it. It would be nice if she could also do homework or educational games like on Zoodles without me having to sit right next to her to make sure she doesn't accidently get into other programs, delete or break something. Can sites like this be added and accessed via the FreeTime app?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 8:02:33 PM PST
D Rogers says:
Hi. Maybe I'm not clear on all this. Bottom line is that I want to block my daughter's Web access on the non-HD Fire unless I'm there. Can I do that?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 8:25:29 PM PST
D. Rogers, yes, you can do that. Within Freetime, there is no Internet access, via browser. When you sit with her, you could let her use the browser, outside of Freetime. Or, you could purchase a third-party browser, and disallow access, within Freetime, when she plays on it alone, then allow access when you are sitting with her. Also helpful, is a browser that allows a white list, which restricts surfing to only a pre-defined list of websites, usually created by the parent/guardian.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 8:26:41 PM PST
K. Broadstreet, I think my answer to D. Rogers, answers your question, as well. Let me know if you need more info.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 8:53:51 PM PST
D Rogers says:
Titus24mom, thanks very much for that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 2:42:49 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
On non-HD Fire you can disable (password-protect, actually) WiFi completely (that will block Web, YouTube, access to Cloud and your books there), or you can install one of apps mentioned in second jsh's post.
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