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Kindle Fire is not for kids

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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 8:31:13 AM PST
S. Singh says:
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

I was really excited to buy Kindle Fire as a gift for my 5 year old twins but after trying it for a day now, I have decided to return it for the following reasons
- Absolute lack of parental controls on content (apps, music, videos, web) Please pardon me the "parents are the parental" control non-sense. It is not about control kids, it is about keeping kids safe while letting them be independent and curious.
- Lack of control on apps or content purchases
- General lack of kids's content specially books.
- Cumbersome interface (volume control, double taps, sluggish touch response

Sorry to be disappointed with Kindle Fire but it is not ready for prime-time as a content consumption device specially for the young kids.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 8:34:59 AM PST
Robin M. says:
To be honest I kinda knew this already. I mean it does make sense that most devices of this type are not for children under say 10. You must have pretty smart advanced 5 year olds if you even thought they could handle something like this. Sorry but that's my personal opinion.

And before you say it, yes I have kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 8:40:53 AM PST
You'd be better getting them LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (Green). Its kid safe.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 8:45:20 AM PST
KessaJo says:
Yeah, never in million years - 5 year olds do not need $199 presents. It breaks, somebody will get PO'd. LOL!

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 8:49:32 AM PST
L. Leverton says:
I don't have a problem with giving a 5 year old 199 presents, it's the fragility or complexity. I gave my 5 year old daughter a horse that was way more than 199. I spend the same on all my children no matter how old they are. I think at 5 my son got a gamecube system or nintendo 64, don't remember which one. I would say 10 is a good age to start getting tablets and computers, camcorders, etc, under that more kid related devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 8:50:59 AM PST
Fuzzy says:
An informed consumer is a happy consumer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 8:54:57 AM PST
I'm repeatedly stunned that ANYONE thought/thinks that the Fire is FOR kids. Yes, it CAN access kid-content, which is a way to market it TO parents, as something they can share WITH their kids.

But WHY ON EARTH would something think this was appropriate to just hand over to kindergarteners? What, do their little Blackberries not have enough apps?!?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 9:00:48 AM PST
With so many wonderful devices out there made specifically for children, many with specific purposes designed to help with/increase learning, as well as help kids with other skills, I've just never understood why anyone would want to purchase an adult device, like the Fire, for their child. Let kids be kids, and if you're going to purchase them a "device", then try to make sure that it has a purpose that promotes the child's natural development in a way that's not only productive, but child-friendly as well. I don't know. A 5yo child just seems way too young to be giving such an adult device too like the Fire. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 9:01:25 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:

The thought that ran through my head when I saw this thread title was "No thit Sherlock".

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:30:45 AM PST
My 2 and 3 year old share a kindle fire. I think it is great. There are many free educational apps for the (zoodle, kids match'em... etc) You can simple download an app called "kids place" and put all of the content your kids can play with in the app... and boils! The cant access anything not appropriate without your password.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:32:55 AM PST
Boils? Voila! Autocorrect. Grrrrrr

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 7:35:21 AM PST
Bjeans says:
Given the thit, wouldn't that be Therlock? ; )

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 7:37:00 AM PST
Bjeans says:
Heh (autocorrect). But Danielle, I'd guess you don't just hand your toddlers and vanish.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:38:27 AM PST
E. Volkmer says:
that's why parents should see what content would be purchased.

I have a niece who is 10 and a nephew who is 10 1/2 who are getting Fires for Christmas. I am pretty sure both sets of parents will be monitoring what they buy. And I am sure both kids are smart enough not to click on stuff that's not good. But I can see your would be nice to filter out adult material so a kid doesn't inadvertedly buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 7:46:32 AM PST
 nospin  says:
Thanks for posting your experience with Kids Place.
I am sure it will help many.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:02:23 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I'm so glad my kid is 27.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:08:22 AM PST
Dr. Amour says:
Boy or girl?
Because if it is a boy, they still need the parental controls in place ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:12:39 AM PST
Shorian says:
I understand that update 6.2 added parental controls. I can't confirm this but maybe someone who owns a Fire and has upgrade could comment.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:12:48 AM PST
This is exactly why I didn't buy a Fire for my family. With the amount of dirty books I have, the Fire wouldn't be kid friendly for my family! I've purchased a refurb Nook Color for the family for Christmas. I suppose I could have just put the Fire on a separate account. But I didn't want a device that is designed to be a store front for shopping. (And wouldn't be able to stream free content from Amazon since my Prime account is my smutty books account). I want a device that they can browse the web and play android games. With the ability to change the OS on the Nook Color, I think it will suit our needs. I'll still buy my books from Amazon!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:33:16 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
He may need them, but they don't work any more.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:47:58 AM PST
Dr. Amour says:
Dirty smutty books??
*pulls up a chair*
Do tell!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:57:28 AM PST
Well, is there any other kind? <g>

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 9:00:06 AM PST
Bjeans says:
It's no secret that the Fire is a content device, but since you can go anywhere on the web, use email, borrow books from your library, obtain free books, store documents, etc., I don't get the "storefront device" label you give it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 9:06:39 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
The device was not designed for children. Amazon states they do not make any Kindle devices meant to be used by children, but only devices children *may* be able to use, *under parental supervision.* To date, Amazon has shown no inclination, despite much complaint from parents/grandparents, to change their policy.

I have to question the parenting of one who would buy such a device with a "young child" in mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 9:07:30 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I agree with the "storefront device" label. I no longer have a Fire in front of me, but doesn't it have "buy" or "store" links in each of its major content areas - books, music, video, etc? Isn't that sort of the point of it?

I don't suggest there's anything wrong with that. I actually made an "Amazon" folder on my iPad home page with links to the Kindle App, MP3 Cloud Player, Cloud Storage, this forum, and a few other things, to give me similar functionality.
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