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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013 3:20:22 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 25, 2013 3:18:28 PM PST
To access videos in Kindle Fire free time must kindle have access to wireless, or can videos be downloaded to tablet and viewed (in car, for example) without wireless?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 10:37:12 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

As this thread suggests, the whole issue of "parental controls" is very complicated. What works for one parent is completely inadequate for another. If providing filtered access to the web is a high priority for you, I'd recommend that you check an app called "Funamo" as an alternative to Kindle FreeTime. It will enable exactly what you're looking for as well as a number of other features.

Some caveats. I have no association with the app. However, it has gotten good reviews from several users. The app is relatively expensive ($20) but you receive a lifetime multi-device license for that price. Although the app is not available from the Amazon Appstore, it can be sideloaded from the "Funamo" site. Instructions for doing so are comprehensive and detailed on that site.

Finding the website is simple. Just google for "Funamo Parental Control"

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 10:16:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2012 10:33:08 AM PST
The reason I want to know is because all of the videos in Freetime are for pre-school aged kids, at least as far as I can tell. We have prime, so I would like her to have access to prime videos (icarly, etc.) that aren't showing up in Free Time.

Edited: I found this link in another thread, where I was able to set the instant video to Family or Family 13. We'll see if that works.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:38:59 AM PST
"...gremlins who are actually agents of the DVFs..."

YES! That would explain so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:36:25 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Your child needs to be in FreeTime to use the Fire.
Why not just use the FreeTime?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:35:00 AM PST
Dog Lover says:
Listen. I've actually copy/pasted from one-notes and have PROOF for at least one instance that the posting changed after I hit "post." I think the bots that examine for deletion can, on occasion, actually modify a posting. I'm gonna try to copy more but, admittedly, will probably not take the time to do that.

It is embarrassing to have words completely changed!

That is my story and I'm stickin' to it. It is those gremlins who are actually agents of the DVFs that are behind it, I'm certain.


Posted on Dec 27, 2012 9:34:55 AM PST
I also set up the Free Time for my kids, but I am wondering if they have any specific control for videos like Netflix does. I have Netflix set to only show family friendly/kids shows and movies. If I go to the Videos section (not in Free Time) everything is available. I guess I could require the password, which looks like my only option but I'd much rather not even have her see what is out there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:32:39 AM PST
Damazon -- ruining typing skills since 1996!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:31:24 AM PST
I swear typos creep *after* I hit post. I'll re-read a post, correct some errors, then hit post. Just after I do, I see more typos. :-(


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:25:25 AM PST
I do it all the time. I only notice it when it's someone else, though. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:19:09 AM PST
Thanks! I'm going to blame it on my fingers. Or gremlins. Or something. ;-)

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 9:16:21 AM PST
jarand says:
BEC, there is nothing that is 100% foolproof in blocking "inappropriate" websites if kids are given free acces to the web. For young kids, we love the Kindle FreeTime. It creates a closed environment where kids are able to do only what their parents have selected. If you do the monthly FreeTime Unlimited subscription, Anazon will also populate the environment with hundreds of age appropriate books, apps, and videos. BUT, to access the web, you must exit the closed environment with a parent password. So when parents can't be right with the kiddo, they have tons of safe stuff to do. When they can, the option of web browsing us still there. For younger kids, we love this!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:15:31 AM PST
Psst, *on or after* November 1.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 8:57:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2012 9:17:41 AM PST
When did you buy the Fire? If you bought it on or after November 1, 2012, you have until January 31, 2013 to return it.

Problem solved.

Edited to correct monumental error! Yikes!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 8:46:18 AM PST
Bea says:
I spoke to a Amazon about parental control apps to control website visits. According to a Kindle Fire rep there isnt anything create to limit or restrict visits to inappropriate website. I was a bit disappointed because i purchased the Kindle fire hoping that the new addition to Kindle free time would offer that service or apps to block inappropriate websites. Had I known, I wouldnt had purchased the Kindle....Great tablet but considering young children, it doesnt offer much protection.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 12:01:29 PM PST
C. Fegley says:
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Posted on Dec 25, 2012 11:45:02 AM PST
jarand says:
Yes FreeTime will do that. It creates a 'closed environment' into which the parent specifically selects what is and is not available. Nothing else will be seen as long as she's in that closed environment. Also, there is no web browsing available and no purchasing ability. To exit the Freetiime environment, and return the Kindle to its regular home screen, a parent password is required.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 11:40:47 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Click on Help at the top of the page and go to the Kindle Help pages for the Kindle you bought.
Or Click on the Freetime app on her Fire and follow the instructions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 11:39:56 AM PST
Sharon says:
She is 10... My books are showing on hers and amazon told me that the free time app will give me the ability to delete those books... I just don't know how to do it

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 11:23:52 AM PST
jarand says:
How old is the child? Free Time is great for young kids. It allows you to control what content she has access to, but there is no way to allow web browsing or library check out while she's in Free Time.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 11:15:16 AM PST
Sharon says:
I have a kindle and my daughter has a kindle under my account .(2nd kindle). How do I work with the free time app so I can parental control and remove my books from her kindle . Do I install the app on her kindle ?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 10:30:56 AM PST
Honestly, YOU are the best parental control. You get it by telling your kid "no" and taking the Kindle away if the kid disobeys.

Yes, there are apps, and many of them are awesome. However, kids are getting better and better with technology. It's only a matter of time before they figure out a way around any restrictions you put on a device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 10:04:13 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Amazon has a free app called "Free Time" that is specifically for the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 9:51:40 AM PST
K. Williams says:
I'm not sure if there is anything for the kindle just yet, it's running a proprietary version of android. But if you use a android tablet, you can check out mobile spy.
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