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Kindle Fire - Any child controls?


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Initial post: Oct 16, 2011 10:24:15 AM PDT
I'm thinking of buying my 9-yr-old granddaughter a Kindle Fire for Christmas, as she loves to read. However, I'm not crazy about her having unlimited access to the Internet. Is there a way to put password-controlled locks on some of the features?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 10:37:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2011 10:38:21 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
Given that no one here has handled the device and that the instructions manual is not available for download, no one here knows. Given past precedent with Kindles, I'd say that it's unlikely...but, you never know. Perhaps you should contact Kindle CS. (And, if the gift's main purpose is for reading, perhaps you should just buy her an eink kindle--the browsing functionality is not superb).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 10:43:11 AM PDT
L. Leverton says:
I agree, if it just to be used for reading, but one of the readers, not the tablet. The tablet will have reading capabilities, but more useful for gaming and watching videos, etc. There are no parental controls on the kindles. Kids nowadays can get around them anyway, but I would never put controls on my kids stuff. If they have wii's, nintendos, phones, dsi's, xbox, psp's, etc, the list is too long, they can get on the internet anyway. THere is no logical reason to put a parental control on an ereader. Every book has knowledge in it

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 5:55:13 AM PST
L. Morrell says:
Is there a way to restrict purchasing on the Kindle Fire so that a child could not make a purchase?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 5:58:37 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 6:29:46 AM PST
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The situation is the older they get the worse the problem will be, until they are able to support themselves on their own and then your responsibility stops.
I say 9 is a bit young for internet access without your ability to keep them out of inadvertent trouble. It is as simple as typing in www.whitehouse.com which at one time took you to a porn site.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 2:53:46 PM PST
G. Howell says:
I see it as my responsibility as a parent to learn a technology well enough to control my kids' browsing and reading. But also see it as Amazon responsibility to provide parents with the ability to control what is seen and bought on their store, through their device. My kids are voracious readers - Amazon please give me a way to keep them from browsing to the wrong corners of Amazon's store.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 2:55:24 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
How should they do that? What are the wrong corners for your child? What you consider a wrong corner may be an okay corner for my child.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 3:00:26 PM PST
Claudia says:
Amazon makes their limits of responsibility perfectly clear in their Terms of Service:

"Amazon does sell products for children, but it sells them to adults, who can purchase with a credit card or other permitted payment method. If you are under 18, you may use Amazon.com only with involvement of a parent or guardian."

In other words, it is the responsibility of a parent or guardian to control "what is seen and bought on their store" when it comes to children.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 3:09:57 PM PST
Currently, no, the function seems to be broken with the only way is not linking your credit card to the account (which cripples the ability to download free apps).

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 2:12:34 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
Been considering a Fire as a Santa gift for the family. I want the kids to have full use of all the features of a WiFi device but I don't want the ablity for them to make one click purchaes. We had too many "Accidents" with my wife's Iphone and unintended purchases. I had to remove the credit card from Itunes which also meant removal of any free conent.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 2:16:13 PM PST
I though the KF had an option to either disable 1-click purchases or have the option to enter a pin number to buy?

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 2:18:17 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
It might, Since you have to buy one to get any documentation I am in the dark on this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 2:30:22 PM PST
You could always buy them paperback books - technically speaking, there is no reason they HAVE to use an electronic device to read. From what I have heard, there are more books available in paperback than in eBooks for children. When they are older & more able to handle the responsibility, then getting them one...

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:08:00 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
There is no reason they HAVE to read anything at all. A cool electronic device that can be used for many things including books is a tool that I plan to use to compete with everything else that has their attention. A paperback book has no chance to be noticed. There is no real reason adults need a eBooks either. You could buy a lot of paper backs for the price of this e-container. But I see a lot more aduts reading with a e-reader so why not kids.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:14:16 PM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
"But I see a lot more aduts reading with a e-reader so why not kids."

I see adults doing lots of things that children should not do. This is very poor argument. If your children can not be trusted to NOT buy things after you have told them not to, then perhaps paperback books would be a better choice for you.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:50:23 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
Ferret/Becky You seem to be missing the point of the dicussion. I am NOT asking this group for permission to get my kids a Kindle or any other advice on how to raise my kids. The Title of this discussion was "Any Child Controls" and I am just trying to learn if there are any or if there will be any and suggesting that they would have at least one more customer if that was a feature. Forget about the child aspect, Anything I have with a touch screen interface I want some extra securtiy so I do not make a uninteded purchase. I have never enabled one click for that very reason. I just don't like that feature. I am trying to do my dilegance before purchase so there are not any disappointment later.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:30:59 PM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
I would be shocked if there aren't some sort of apps at some point for this kind of thing. Also, I get an email from Amazon anytime an Kindle book is purchased. Amazon does give you a 7-day grace period to "return" them and get a refund. This might be useful if someone in your family accidentally one-clicks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:37:59 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
Now that is helpfull .... Would that apply to anything that can bought though a kindle or just books. Do I have to keep one click setup for the kindle to get free content?. Could the one click be my control? Enable one click only when I want to enable a purchase though the Kindle? Since I normally don't have it enabled.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:49:11 PM PST
There was supposed to be an app that would allow you to set a PIN for in app purchases, so your child didn't inadvertently charge $25.95 for a game character. You might check out the Amazon App Store to see if it's there. On those kind of purchases, you wouldn't get an email alert or get your money back, because it doesn't go through Amazon.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:50:50 PM PST
Serene Night says:
Right now, there are no child controls. You could simply disable the wifi though and confiscate it so the child doesn't connect anywhere else.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:52:35 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Nope that won't work turning off one click disables for shopping purchases only. It does not effect digital content such as ebooks, digital movies and music as they do nit use the shopping cart.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:05:47 PM PST
Brian Lewis says:
Seems like we are talking about different things, I am not concerned limiting internet. Only the ability to purchase. It sounds like disable 1 click is what I am looking for.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:50:57 PM PST
James Bushee says:
no, none et all which I'm very disappointed about. I have an ipod touch and we have that able to block purchases. It requires a password for purchases. The kindle fire gives free reign for my kids to buy all they want then I need to ask Amazon for a refund of anything they buy :( I was on the phone with amazon twice trying to disable one click and they could not disable it even though I never set it up. My kindle says I have a credit card on file. If I unselect the credit card I think that might do it. But, then I won't be able to buy anything. I just want the lock screen I can set on the front to be on purchases and downloads instead. Why can't I require just a simple password before it downloads anything. I'm sure this will be fixed. Kindle will eventually have too many app and book returns that they will need to add this feature.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 9:07:36 PM PST
KindlePad says:
It's worse than that, with IOS (ipad, ipod, iphone, etc) you can not only block all purchases but you can restrict any app as well or make it ask the user for a special PIN (different from the device lock pin) to access that app. Also, you can lock settings as well so kids can get into your system settings and mess stuff up accidentally.

With the Fire, the only setting is to block purchases (make you enter your amazon password) but even that feature doesn't work on my Fire. So basically, here we are in 2011 and the Fire has zero parental controls or restrictions.
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