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Initial post: Jan 7, 2014 7:19:36 AM PST
Hi guys,

Is it possible to lock down the kindles so our children can't reset the kindle to factory settings \ remove books from the devices?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 7:21:26 AM PST
It all depends on which Kindle(s) they have. For a lot of good information about kids and Kindles, go here:

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/kindleqna/ref=cm_cd_tft_tp?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1GLDPZMNR1X53&cdThread=Tx32874AAAPWE1M

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 7:56:15 AM PST
Unfortunately you can remove books and even reset the device to factory settings even if parental mode is on. Any ideas? These are the two issues I'd like to solve.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 7:57:20 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Which Kindles do you have?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:00:24 AM PST
Discipline.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:01:51 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I'm trying to understand why it's a problem if they delete a book. Why are they resetting it to factory defaults?

Also, if they are old enough to read, tell them "don't do that".

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 8:04:05 AM PST
@ FoundQuilting
@ Just Peachy

Unfortunately I'm running them for a charity so the ability to manage them remotely as I won't always be around to re configure the devices and connect them up to the account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:05:38 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Then some adult nearby must be in charge and manage the Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:08:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2014 8:12:46 AM PST
We have 20 kindles. We have four accounts. 5 kindles per account. The ability to lock them down is something that would be very beneficial as the people helping out aren't very tech literate. Plus having to potentially redo 20 kindles is going to be time consuming. Are there are ways to manage large number of kindles remotely using some sort of MDM similar to the MDMs available for iPads?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:14:04 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There is no way to lock them down completely. There has to be a way to reset the device if a password is forgotten. There isn't a computer out there that cannot be reset if needed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:16:42 AM PST
Yes but ideally it would be nice to have something a little more difficult to achieve by naughty kids!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:20:59 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
All passwords do on a computer is protect the information on that device. Any computer can be reset very easily and there isn't anything that can be done to change it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:23:23 AM PST
I sympathize with your dilemma but it's still a opportunity to teach kids that there are ramifications to their actions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:23:37 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
You can use the Freetime app but kids can still reset the device by entering the password incorrectly enough times.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:26:55 AM PST
So you don't see the fact kids can reset the device so easily as an issue? On my Android phone I can't reset it without putting a password in. Kindle is based on Android. Why have they left this functionality out?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:34:32 AM PST
What happens if you forget the password?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:55:01 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
It's a trade off. The more a device can be locked down the more likely it is that some devices will be permenantly disabled when a password is forgotten or lost. The easier it is to recover that password the easier it is to defeat the lockdown. Someone is going to be disappointed depending on what side of the spectrum they fall.

If Amazon builds in a feature where they are able to reset/recover the password they have to decide if the cost to them of fielding the resulting phone calls to their call center is cost effective for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 9:50:34 AM PST
The first time it happens, you assume it was an accident, show them what missteps lead to the problem, and instruct them to not repeat their actions.

If it happens again, they lose their privileges.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 11:29:54 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It is easy to reset your phone without a password. It is just a little different than the way the Fire has it. Like I said, ANY computer is easy to reset.
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