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I wish Amazon and Kindles were more family friendly

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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012, 5:08:33 PM PDT
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Posted on May 13, 2012, 5:30:24 PM PDT
flipoid says:
Good to see you back, DL! I agree with you.

Posted on May 14, 2012, 4:06:33 AM PDT
K. R. says:
Might be of some interest to some people here... (not Kindle specific..)

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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 6:20:59 AM PDT
jilli says:
Thank You!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 9:06:20 AM PDT
New Girl says:
"They've already done this for their streaming service on TV - the interface is simple and visual enough to be easily navigable by young kids, and there's an easy-to-get-to section that focuses on kid-friendly content. It's reasonable to wish for something comparable to that for e-books. "

I think you are confusing Amazon's streaming and Netflix. Netflix recently added kid friendly options to their interface but I don't believe Amazon has done this yet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 10:11:32 AM PDT
I like that Netflix actually has a separate young-kid-friendly interface for TV, but in the post I was referring to the main Amazon interface for the TV. It's very visual and the controls and navigation are easy enough for even quite young kids to use. It has a clearly marked "family" area for pre-screened content and free-with-prime-membership videos have a clear "prime" image. So, it was easy for my kids to learn how to use the remote to navigate the site and look for "free for prime" image and stay in the family category.

There is no comparable easy-to-use interface for finding and selecting new (or managing purchased) books, although they're getting a little closer with the Kindle Fire. It doesn't greatly matter to me whether the interface is a new section of the Amazon website or integrated into Shelfari or into a new Kid Kindle, I just would like it if that young kids were able to explore and discover e-books like they can with paper books in a physical book store.

And before I get jumped on again, no, I don't use TV as a babysitter. They watch between one and three 22 minute shows a day, and I don't consider that excessive. I'm right there in the room with them, and if you've ever listened to five days in a row of The Fresh Beat Band or Yo Gabba Gabba, you'll know that that right there is strong incentive for me to keep their TV time reasonable in length.

Posted on May 19, 2012, 9:40:58 AM PDT
patsy says:
Amazon! Let these people be! I am tired now of the moans and groans of this lot! I have a Kindle 3G wifi and after three years it is going strong-just bought the SAME one for my daughters 31st Birthday! She "borrowed" mine for a while and I all but got the police to get it back! Keep up the great work and I love the freebies Kindle gives to all!

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012, 10:28:40 AM PDT
Grimlock says:
And there's no guarantee that there will be a kid-friendly interface. Nor is Amazon in any way responsible for one, as they are a company that caters to adults.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012, 1:11:10 PM PDT
John Mann says: They just want Amazon to provide a set of tools that the parent can be a parent. As it stands, there is no way to effectively allow a child to have their own Kindle and police it as a parent.

Actually my children and many of friend's children have had Kindles for several years now without any of the problems they original poster is concerned about. Fires are a different story. But there does exist both limiting applications for internet devices and child friendly web sites that serve as a limiting portal. The fact is that many parents have purchased both traditional kindles and Fires for their kids and seem to be managing fine.

Personally I know what my kids are reading, have not had a problem with buying or downloading unauthorized books or products. I have no problem "doing the parenting" I simply am aware of what they are doing and what websites they are visiting

Posted on May 19, 2012, 1:22:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2012, 1:24:07 PM PDT
My kids are as interested in doing things they are not allowed to as the next kid and they understand that the first time they buy something or download something without permission it will be the end of civilization as they know it. But the idea of them actually being so determined that they are going to take them time to start trolling the freebies for erotica is mind blowing. But I would still get an email and have it removed.

Other people just have the wifi turned off and they have the child on a separate account so they can't share books. As someone said, the issue is not the Kindles it is the smart phone belonging the older sibling of someone at school. Or even the Cable or Satellite TV or computer at the house of someone they are sleeping over. But Kindles seem pretty innocuous to me.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014, 1:20:56 AM PDT
Amazon Prime isn't very kid friendly. I had my 1-click setting off. I let my 5 year old kid play games on my Kindle and later find out through email that she had purchased several movies that she probably won't be watching anyway. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2014, 1:40:01 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the usual: contact Customer Service (click Help at top of page - the Need More Help? - then Contact Us)
put parental controls on on your kindle to password protect the kindle store (1-Click off only applies for physical items and not digital items)

and this whole thread was before there were any parental controls, so it's completely out of date
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