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Handling Content on Multiple Devices and Parental Controls

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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 7:47:11 PM PST
Jim Muntone says:
Buying kindles for multiple children.

With the new controls it seems finally safe that you can limit things like purchases and downloads without doing stuff like entering fake credit cards or disabling one click on your account. Is that the case? Just want to verify.

If so, I'm thinking of associating all three devices with one amazon account (mine). Can the kids still name their devices whatever they want ? (i.e. "johnny's kindle, mary's kindle, etc.) or does it have to be in my name?

And finally, if I want to do something like put the same app on all three devices is that 3 purchases or just one? Will let me put it on multiple devices?

Many thanks in advance

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 1:51:35 AM PST
Fud53 says:
No they don't have to be in your name. As to the rest ask we don't work for amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 3:06:40 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
First of all put Fud53 on ignore like the rest of us. When you buy an app it is for your account. It can be loaded on any device on that account. And yes the parental controls will keep the kids from buying things as long as you set them up. Don't forget the password you use or you will have to do a full reset of the device.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 3:12:30 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
you can name the kindles anything you want from the Manage Your Kindle - Manage Your devices page on

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 4:19:47 AM PST
That being said, if you buy content for yourself that is not age-appropriate for your kids, it will still show up on their device!!! For example, I bought Jodi P's book about spousal abuse, which I don't want my 12 yr old reading yet, but sure enough, it was on her carousel, even though I had it delivered to my phone. And she could download some of my husbands music if she thought about it hard enough! Fortunately, she's a good kid who asks before doing things (so far)!! :-)

We need a way to create "sub-accounts" for our older kids who have their own devices! We are discussing whether or not to create an account for her (without telling her), but I really don't need ANOTHER username and password to remember.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 4:21:38 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
did you not want to use Kindle FreeTime for her?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 4:40:41 AM PST
Yeah, I do wish every item didn't turn up in EVERY carousel; agreed. I'm about to give my 9-yr-old my 1st gen Fire, which I don't think Freetime is available for. That said, I tested the Parental Controls, and with "books" blocked, he can't open them.

Buuuuut he can't open HIS books, either. So I blocked WI-FI access, and sat & removed every non-kid book from the Carousel. That should work. For us, anyway.

His BK is on a seperate account, now, once I realized his book collection was growing. But I don't want to pay for apps twice, and the Prime streaming is on my account. So the Fire stays there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:35:34 AM PST
Jim Muntone says:
Thanks all, this was really helpful... So, one more question based on the whole thing with non-kid books showing up on the carousel. Will that only happen if we share the same device or is it more like any book I buy on amazon will automatically show up on all three devices?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:39:50 AM PST
Ughn. They DO show up in the carousel. I wish they didn't. The only way around that is to block wi-fi (require password).

Because if you block "books", they can't look at THEIR books. But if wi-fi is blocked, they can't download the bodice-ripper that appears in the carousel.

That said, I don't let my kid have wi-fi, anyway. I download his apps and books, and if he needs wi-fi for some reason, he asks, and I enter the password. It's not perfect, but it works.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:41:36 AM PST
Addendum: If you're really concerned about YOU collecting books that KID can't read (50 Shades, anyone?), I might suggest you get yourself a little Basic Kindle, and register that to a separate Ammy account that only you see. Download all of your smut (just kidding) onto the BK, and Johnny and Susie never see it at all. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:51:24 AM PST
Or buy them from another source and sideload them onto your device. Those books don't go into the Amazon record unless you specifically send them there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:56:09 AM PST
Ah! Good point! I've stayed within the Amazon ecosystem, but there's no reason one must.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:09:01 AM PST
Almost everything on my Kindles is Amazon, but then, the only person who has access to the account is my sister, and neither of us tries to tell the other what to read..........

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:11:45 AM PST
Yeah, by the time I got into Kindles, my daughter was old enough to read what I read. I don't read anything shocking enough to be kept from her. Now she's a full adult, so it really doesn't matter. She browses the Archive, and takes what she likes.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 8:20:53 AM PST
azsam says:
Recently purchased a Kindle white for hubby, however, when I ordered books they show up only on his Kindle, how do I get them also on my Kindle Fire? Fast click does not show an option for both.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:22:22 AM PST
quilt lover says:
They need to be registered to the same account.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:24:55 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
if you're registered to the same account, turn on wireless, sycn and then find the title in the archives/cloud, click on it and download it

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:31:54 AM PST
Katinka says:
Unfortunately for some of us, Kindle FreeTime is still too restricting. For example, my daughter is old enough to be wanting more responsibility and freedom in her choices. She knows what websites she's allowed to visit, and what videos she's allowed to download. Anything she's not sure about she knows to ask first. (Fortunately we haven't hit the teenage rebellion stage yet.)

Her Kindle Fire is registered to my account, and has enough books bought that reregistering it and buying them all again would be too expensive. Books bought and sent only to her Fire don't automatically appear on my paperwhite. However, books bought and sent only to my Paperwhite also appear in her Fire's carousel. It frustrates her, since she has to ask about anything new before opening it, and there's no way to turn it off without also denying her access to her books in the cloud & to the internet. As she grows older, I expect that she'll enjoy a lot of my books, as we tend to have similar tastes, but at this point many of them are just a little too mature for her. (And no, I'm not only referring to "bodice-ripper" books. Some books are just a little too mature for even the best-behaved, most mature seeming kids.)

If there were a way to just keep my books from automatically appearing in her carousel unless specifically sent there, it would be fantastic. I just don't want to also deny her access to her books stored in the cloud or the websites she knows she's allowed to visit. Doing so would send the wrong message. I want to build her confidence, trust, and reward responsible behavior. While Kindle FreeTime seems like a great idea, especially for younger kids, it's just too limiting for what we need at the moment. So until someone comes up with a way to keep all books bought on an account from appearing on a Fire's carousel, there's doesn't seem to be much of anything we can do at the moment. Maybe someday there will be.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:37:04 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
even those of us who don't have children wish that all recent purchases didn't show up on the carousel (I prefer to read on my Kindle Touch)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:57:42 AM PST
That's what we've been hearing, that the FreeTime is more for the younger set. I guess you'll just have to trust her.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 9:02:34 AM PST
Katinka says:
yep. It's a good thing that so far she's been very responsible & willing to follow the rules about what she's allowed to access on her Fire. I'm dreading the teenage rebellion years though. The kid's too smart for my own good as it is, once she hits those teen years I'm really gonna be in trouble! ;)
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