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Can you block purchasing on a kindle without blocking the web?


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Initial post: Dec 26, 2011 6:49:37 PM PST
Gipsonsb says:
Is it possible to put a block on the kindle fire that won't allow my kids to purchase anything without a password or something? I know you can block the WiFi, but I don't want to block the internet, just purchases. I just don't want any accidental purchases because they didn't pay attention to the cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 6:50:17 PM PST
No. This is not possible at this time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 6:57:07 PM PST
Gipsonsb says:
Thank you for the quick reply. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:17:26 PM PST
Will this option be available soon? My son is already purchasing apps without permission. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:20:55 PM PST
Take it away. Say, "Don't click that." Sit with him. Stop him from clicking. If he does it again, take it away longer.

Try again. If he does it again, take it away, period.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:25:46 PM PST
Yes, that is all fine and good, but a password option would be preferable.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:29:25 PM PST
The Kindle Fire is not intended as a toy for children. Even if it was, it is your responsibility to supervise your children on the internet and teach them not to purchase things without permission.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:39:49 PM PST
Secretariat says:
Amazon has the ability to set limits on their website. They have a pay phrase option that you have to put in to make a purchase. You can set limits with each phrase. It would be extremely helpful if you could apply these same phrases from the Amazon website to the Kindles.
I do understand that ultimately it is the parent's responsibility to supervise their children however these devises are great tools for older kids and their schoolwork and it would prove financially profitable to Amazon to provide parents with the tools to limit our kids spending instead of taking the Kindles away from the kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:40:46 PM PST
Yes, thanks for the parenting advice. However, I was hoping that someone from Amazon could answer this question. I simply would like to find out if the password protection option is something that might be coming in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:42:22 PM PST
I agree!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:45:01 PM PST
Why? Say "No,". If that doesn't work, say "NO!" If that doesn't work, the kid can't obey your instructions yet, and shouldn't have the Fire without supervision until he can obey.

"Sorry. Mommy gave you TWO warnings, and you disobeyed."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:45:44 PM PST
Amazon doesn't cruise these boards. This is a customer forum. If you want Amazon to address your questions, contact Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:50:16 PM PST
We are just users here, so I wouldn't be able to tell you if this is going to be an option soon, if ever.

I can tell you that Amazon just released an update with modified parental controls, and they chose not to include a password for purchases or individual web page blocking, so I would be surprised if this was in the works.

Amazon has never made parental controls a priority in their devices, a choice I don't personally have an issue with, though many would like it. Amazon's TOS states pretty clearly that they expect an adult to own the account, and take responsibility for any minor who has access to the account and/or device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:52:46 PM PST
Just curious, truly, I don't mean any judgment in this one, I really just want to know, did you tell him before hand not to purchase any apps? Or did it not come up until after he'd done it?

I really, really am just curious about how it plays out.

:)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 7:55:39 PM PST
Consequence free existence. Awesome.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 7:22:12 AM PST
Tami M. says:
One option is to deregister the kindle from your account. The web and downloaded items will still work, but to purchase an item, you will need to reregister the device to your account using the Amazon login and password. The device can be deregistered on the options menu under "My Account". Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 7:49:35 AM PST
Hi Elizabeth. We sometimes see a response from someone at Amazon about a post in the forum, but a better way to request feature enhancements is with the feedback option built into the Fire. (Settings, More, Help & Feedback, Feedback.) I think that approach would be more likely to get your suggestions to the right people. This forum is a good place to discuss things with other users and see what they think.

Good luck.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 10:14:34 AM PST
This is a problem that is easily solved by a computer. In fact, it would be nice to take it a step further for children and limit game play. Here is an idea, monitor their reading (make it trackable by parents), reward them with game play; That would make us buy more books Amazon!!!. I would love to see the Amazon device increase my childrens reading rate and comprehension. It could easily do that and it could also allow me to set rewards for certain books.

Amazon, you have a real opportunity here, listen to the parents or we will treat you like children and just say, No.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 10:19:55 AM PST
 Ann says:
If you want someone from Amazon to answer this question, contact Amazon customer service or send an email to kindle-feedback@amazon.com. We're all customers here, and don't have any insight into Amazon's future plans.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 11:41:13 AM PST
VG4U says:
Yes, I let my 2 year old hold the Kindle Fire. There are apps specifically for preschoolers. And to my surprise she is able to navigate around and play with the apps and complete the puzzles, memory game, counting game, etc. She also uses it to watch Dora videos, etc. She knows how to turn on the Fire and navigate to the videos and her games. Yesterday, I realized that she managed to buy a season of Dora, Diego and an episode of another cartoon...Suggestions are placed below the screen after the videos play through. So, I would welcome a password for purchases. In the meantime I will just remove the credit card as the default for purchases. I feel the apps available for young children are great learning tools in addition to her other toys and activities and books, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 11:47:34 AM PST
C. Scilley says:
If he does this, take away the Fire for a while. There is an app called Kid's place that places parental controls on apps. I use it when my grandchildren play games on my Fire.
Carolyn

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 11:49:37 AM PST
VG4U - Try this free app. It's been highly recommended. Kids Place - With Child Lock

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 11:50:34 AM PST
Disabling wifi is not a modified parental control that is the bigest joke I heard this year but hey the year is young.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 12:02:59 PM PST
Karen Walker says:
Could you elaborate on your post Cyriacus. I'm not sure I follow.
Thanks!

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 7:19:51 AM PST
johnnycab says:
There is a 'Kids Place' app which restricts the device to apps you select; a password must be entered to access anything else.

The app works well, but must be started manually each time the device is rebooted.
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