Can I set up Alexa time limits for my kids?
Parents will also be able to look at what their kids are using the device for through their own smartphones.
You can pre-order an Echo Dot Kids Edition now for $80. "Perhaps that will lessen the fear that some parents have that adding an AI (artificial intelligent assistant) is ruining a kid's etiquette". Songs with inappropriate lyrics are automatically blocked, and the ability to purchase items from the internet is disabled. The free version will bring "parental controls and family-focused features" to any of Amazon's Echo devices.
Despite the fact that Amazon's Echo devices are always listening, and record your conversations, Amazon's Vice President of Alexa Customer Experience, Toni Reid, claimed, "Consumer trust is of utmost importance to us..."
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Alexa has a similar response if a child says they're being bullied by encouraging them to tell someone who can help.
The new device comes with a one-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription. "[But] it's not meant to replace humans".
But these features don't come cheap. And finally parents get a dashboard with parental controls and oversight.
Amazon joins the likes of Facebook and YouTube creating alternative versions of their products/platform for kids. For example, if a kid asks "Alexa, can you please tell me what's four plus three", Alexa will respond with, 'Four plus three equals seven. It's possible to disconnect the microphones by pressing the mute button.
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Like all other Alexa devices, the Kids Edition records every interaction with your child.
Amazon is releasing a new product that is tailored for children.
As with any tech-based parental controls, these are supplements to actual parenting and not a replacement for sitting with your kids, talking about appropriate tech use and discussing what they're doing with their technology.
Amazon isn't the only company courting young users. The YouTube Kids app has been criticized for allowing content that's not suited for young viewers.
They suggest that the age range is 5-12, but as the mom of a 12 year old myself, I think that's pushing it. Facebook said it has put safeguards in place to keep the platform safe and private.
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