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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:34:44 PM PST
Karen Walker says:
Jeff, you must not have children. If you did, then you would know that the last thing a parent wants to do is spend all of their free time with their child. I love my kids and spend lots and lots of time with them but I am pleased as punch when the house is quiet and no one is hollering maaaammaa. Parenting is 24/7 which is 100% impossible.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:47:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 6:47:30 PM PST
Sure, I can understand that, myself. I'm threatening all sort of mayhem at this moment, if SOMEONE doesn't GO TAKE HIS SHOWER!

But the Fire isn't the way to distract your kids.

Period.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:48:04 PM PST
Apparently, you didn't bother to read my entire post. I block unsavory sites through my router. This has nothing to do with my kid's maturity level or his ability to follow directions. People make mistakes, including nine-year-olds. I don't want *anybody* accidentally or purposely hitting the Buy button. Asking for the most basic of intermediate steps between browsing and ordering is not unreasonable, in my opinion.

Ordering on Amazon's site, which involves several levels of protection and confirmation, has become the model of internet commerce. The fact that the Kindle is a radical departure from that model is what's surprising to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:50:01 PM PST
Logician says:
Surprising?

It's been a staple on the site and every Kindle from the beginning. They even sued other companies that tried to emulate the one-click.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:50:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 6:59:21 PM PST
That's when my Super Parenting Powers come into play, i.e. I turn the WiFi off. Although, sure would be neat if Amazon password protected the Buy function so I didn't have to use up all of my powers before he's a teenager.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:56:28 PM PST
Ordering on Amazon's site involves pushing the buy button. Done.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:58:13 PM PST
Now it's an "entitled demand" to ask for password protected internet buying? Really? No, really?

What I sought to accomplish here was a rational discussion about possible options for preventing the unauthorized purchasing of items from my son's Kindle. So, you're right on that count: nothing has been accomplished, thanks to inane posts like yours.

For the few who actually stuck to the topic and suggested Kids Place: I appreciate it. I had tried that already and it didn't address my central concern. I will look elsewhere for solutions while Amazon revs up their next update, which will surely include password protected buying, just like their competitors' devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:59:56 PM PST
Yeah, and they've always had an option to turn one-click off, too. Why isn't that a staple in the Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:02:29 PM PST
Because the Fire is MEANT to make it as EASY as POSSIBLE for people to BUY stuff from AMAZON. That's what it's FOR.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:09:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 7:09:56 PM PST
Logician says:
It's never been a staple on any Kindle. But since books apparently aren't as good at babysitting as video or games, it's only causing problems with the Fire.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 7:19:15 PM PST
Karen Walker says:
Here's the bottom line folks. 1-click buy IS the reality. Now, how to deal with it.....several options to chose from:
1) turn off WiFi
2) monitor your childs Usuage with wifi
3) enact consequences for unauthorised purchases
4) submit request to Amazon and hold your breath
5) return Fire and find an alternate that meets your child/parent needs/wants.
For the time being, the fire is what it is. It is up to the individual to decide how to proceed from here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:40:09 PM PST
Who's babysitting *your* kids while you spend your days passing judgment on others in the Kindle forum, Logician?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:41:56 PM PST
So te has given you five options. Are you going to pick one or more of them?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:47:45 PM PST
Logician says:
The dumpster. Sometimes there's even food there!

Remember, I'm not the one crying about Amazon providing oversight on a device that maybe, just maybe, isn't appropriate for kids (whether some would like it to be or not).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:55:43 PM PST
"which will surely include password protected buying, just like their competitors' devices."

Why do you believe this? They haven't offered it up to this point. They already released an update to the Fire that included what they call "parental controls", I am curious why you believe this will surely come to pass. The competitors' devices offer this service now, and Amazon clearly hasn't worried too much about it causing a significant drop in sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 7:57:13 PM PST
te,
That's a good summary. It's the kind of response I expected when I first showed up at the forum.

The Nook has password protected buying. I suspect other tablets and e-readers do, too. Amazon doesn't even have an option. Seems pretty silly to not even have an option.

My son's Kindle was a Christmas gift from Grandma. I had no plans to buy such an item, or even a cell phone, until he's a 'tweener, at least. Grandma doesn't understand the technical issues...someone probably just told her that Kindle Fires were all the rage for a nine-year-old, and she bought one.

So I am stuck with the task of securing it, determining what content is appropriate, and figuring out how it can cause me the least hassle in unexpected purchase returns. Yeah, I could have ripped Grandma a new one on Christmas morning for having the gall to buy my son a Kindle Fire when there are lots of starving kids in the world but, you know, it just didn't seem appropriate at the moment. So I came to the forum to see if anyone had a constructive idea other than "just send it back, stupid!" or "just return the unauthorized purchases, stupid!"

I didn't realize there was a virtual army of armchair parenting experts ready to jump all over me for my apparently subpar parenting skills.

Thanks to those who actually responded with intelligent replies. To the others, rest assured I will be back after Amazon implements the password-protected buying option.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 8:13:15 PM PST
People gave you suggestions. You just didn't like them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 8:52:43 PM PST
Karen Walker says:
I listed those options to emphasize the here and now, not to belittle anyone. I have owned a kindle for over 3 yrs and as an avid reader I LOVE IT. I loved it soooo much that I bought the KF for all three of my children for Xmas. Guess what? They love it too! My husband also gave me a fire for Xmas. These things are great readers with benefits and drawbacks. I have some concerns with what my kids might view and the impulse 1-click buy. My children are 12, 15, and 24 yrs of age and the Fire doesn't come with a child proofing kits. I have to be oh so much more aware of what they are viewing/playing/ downloading. Oh, and since all the kindles are registered under my account I had to clean out my library. No
more erotica for mom. Do I have options? You bet! I am making the best out of a great reader that is backed by a great company. Do I think amazon will enact parental controls as an opt in option? I think they will. Subaccounts with various control settings for each device hopefully. But, the reality is that the Fire is what it
is as of right now. Figure out which options work for you and good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:22:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 9:28:15 PM PST
Sadly you have met the several elitist (you missed a few there are some real winners that didn't post) that think asking for a simple software change would take years and major $$$ and in the end control their lives somehow, ignoring the fact that most competitors offer this simple solution.

Note: PW lock ability to buy from Kindle without locking down the wifi which was a very poor fix that only an idiot product level manager would suggest. I am sure that the developers were laughing at the stupidity of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:23:41 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:29:49 PM PST
Who are the elitists? Inquiring minds want to know. And so does mine.

Also, who are the winners who didn't post? If I delete my posts could I be a winner, too?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:38:46 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:42:13 PM PST
"You don't quit make it to the winner spot but keep trying."

I'm not sure what you're trying to say here. Could you clarify?

Who is my posting buddy?

"It is amusing that when someone stoops to your level you get indignant."

What makes you think I'm indignant? I thought your post was funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 10:01:40 PM PST
Anna - please look up mushroom tap in an urban dictionary (I unfortunately knew what it meant), I don't think you will like what you read, and this guy is obviously not worth you wasting your time or thoughtfulness on.
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