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Kindle Paperwhite for 8-year old?


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Initial post: Dec 11, 2013 5:58:34 PM PST
Alicia says:
Hi -- I am considering the Kindle Paperwhite for my 8-year-old. I only want her to use it as an e-reader, *not* for internet access. I have two questions:

1. Do the parental controls allow you to give your child access to special features such as vocabulary look-up *without* general Internet access to things like Google, etc.?
2. If I need to disable Internet to keep my child from aforementioned access, does it then become unimportant to buy the model without the Special Offers?

Thanks so much.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 6:45:11 PM PST
I don't yet have a Paperwhite but Ive been looking at them. Looking up definations dosent use the internet unless you want to use Wikipedia. The special offers show an ad on your sleep screen and on the list of books.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 6:04:28 AM PST
1) Yes. The dictionary works without wi-fi. What I do with my son is leave wi-fi OFF (he doesn't know the password), turn it ON to download books for him, then I tell his Kindle to forget the wi-fi password. He does not have internet access, but can look up words.

2) The Special Offers are just that -- offers. They're only on the sleep screen. I'm pretty sure my son has never even noticed them. He just turns on his Kindle and opens a book.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 6:32:08 AM PST
Norwenna says:
Can you even get onto the general internet with the paperwhite? (or the basic?)

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 6:36:41 AM PST
HRH Spider says:
alicia i was eight a lonnnnnnnnng time ago but if i was a kid today i thik i'd like the kindle fire rather than paperwhite in that you can again cut off wifi but it has the option of being able to see videos(mom approved) games(mom approved) and though not intended as such also an ereader

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 6:37:14 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
You can but it only via wifi, not 3G and it is very clunky.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 6:37:22 AM PST
Using wi-fi, you can, but it's not a very good way to go - the browser is a bit behind elementary and e-mail is worse. Using 3G, you can't go anywhere but the Amazon store, wiki and the translation function.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 6:39:35 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Just because it's what many 8-year-olds want, doesn't mean they should get it. It's the Mom's decision.

I was the mean mother who didn't allow my son to have a TV in his room until he was in his teens.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:03:55 AM PST
Well, sure he might WANT that, but Mom may not want him to HAVE it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:04:32 AM PST
I have that same rule.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:11:09 AM PST
kajola says:
You are not the only mean mom. My son is 19 yrs old and a college student. He has asked for his own TV for Christmas this year. I am finally going to allow it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:17:13 AM PST
Norwenna says:
Lol, sounds like my "smart" phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:17:31 AM PST
Miss Carol says:
I was also 8 a long time ago and I would have loved a PW - all those books in an easily carriable package! The ability to look up words I didn't understand without having to get another book to do it (and thus lose my momentum). Some 8 year olds love to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:25:19 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Mean Moms Unite!
^5

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:26:41 AM PST
I had a tv in the guest room upstairs (until my daughter usurped it); my son was caught several times watching cartoons in there when he should have been doing homework. It's just as well that my daughter took it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 7:36:55 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I always felt that son could watch one of the other tvs in the house where I could keep an eye on him. I liked knowing what he watched and to interact with him about some of it.

When he was about 5 the in-laws wanted to give him a tv for his room and I said no. It's not like he was being deprived of tv watching time.

I also don't think it's a good idea for kids to be put to bed with the TV on to "help them fall asleep".

:::stepping down off of soap box:::

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 8:42:14 AM PST
Brunette says:
Alicia, just so you know, sometimes the Special Offers are salacious erotic novels, complete with cover art. You can turn off the WiFi, but I've noticed that the Kindle can freeze up and act weird until you turn it back on.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 8:43:58 AM PST
I agree; kids (well, and adults, for that matter) need to be able to soothe themselves to sleep and not be dependent on noise and flickering light.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 8:46:50 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I've never seen erotica advertised on my Kindle.
Never had a problem with my Paperwhite or Kindle Keyboard being without wifi.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 8:50:23 AM PST
Name two.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 8:54:02 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
Wow, I must be really mean. :-) I would have laughed at the notion of my kids having TVs in their rooms when they were minors. I guess once my son moved away to go to college he bought his own TV and then brought it home with him when the school year was over. It was not hooked up to the cable at the house so all it was good for was watching videos if he had a DVD player to hook up to it which he didn't. Now I did not forbid him to hook it up to the cable and I did not tell him he could not have a DVD player it just never occured to me to even think about it. He had his own money so he could have paid for it. I don't think he considered it either. We had (have) a couple of family TVs and those seem to meet our needs. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 9:05:59 AM PST
kajola says:
You can choose what types of offers you get in MYK under Manage Your Devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 9:25:35 AM PST
HRH Spider says:
me too i was 8 when i got my library card and we didnt get a tv until i was 12 so i love to read. i was only thinking in regards to mom getting more bang for the buck as she can also restrict or not dl any games or videos at this time but that there is always the option

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 9:30:26 AM PST
HRH Spider says:
well thank goodness i only had children with paws and whiskers

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 9:39:51 AM PST
quilt lover says:
I have never seen anything like you describe. This reminds me of the time some woman claimed there was "porn" on her special offers, but the picture on the cover of the book was a woman (fully clothed) with a backless dress. Sheesh!
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