In April, Amazon announced the new. Apart from Alexa, who has a more playful tone and a simplified language, Amazon has also packed a much-needed feature for the parents: FreeTime.
Essentially, FreeTime is the parental control of Alexa and other devices such as Kindles, Fire Tablets, and Amazon services on Android and iOS devices.
How to set up FreeTime and other parental controls for Alexa devices.
For beginners you need to enable FreeTime pro device – so do not every Alexa device in your apartment responds with dad jokes when you say, "Good morning."
To enable FreeTime:
- Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.
- Tap the Hamburger button on the top left to expand the left menu, and select Alexa Devices ] Select one of the devices from the list.
- Scroll down and select FreeTime under General .
- Tap the switch to the right of FreeTime
- Select Set up Amazon FreeTime [sic].
- Enter your child's first name, select a gender, and enter the date of birth
- Select an icon and select Add child .
- Tap Continue Enter your Amazon password and tap Login . It may also ask you to confirm the two-factor authentication.
Once enabled, you can disable FreeTime by returning to this menu and simply tap the button next to FreeTime.
When FreeTime is turned on, you can turn various Alexa features on and off, depending on what you want to allow your children to play on their Alexa speakers.
Go to parent.amazon.com. Devices that you have enabled with FreeTime are listed there. In this menu, you can customize the age filter, disable access to smart home devices, and manage which music services they can access. You can also disable Calling & Messaging Drop In and Amazon Music or enable a explicit filter to block songs or entire music services on that particular device ,
If your child tends to continue using the Alexa speaker after bedtime, you can pause the device for between one and 1
Another helpful feature is Daily Time Limits which allows you to set a maximum time for apps, audiobooks, books, or videos.
You can manually approve content for Alexa devices, such as: For example, skills that you previously enabled, or Audible books. On Kindle, Fire tablets, and other Alexa devices, you can manually control which content is approved, such as: For example, individual apps, videos, and books.
You can also monitor the usage of your children and view the call and message history.
Access to parental controls is included in the free tier of FreeTime.
However, you can make things better by switching to FreeTime Unlimited. Prices in the US range from $ 4.99 per month for a single child to $ 9.99 for up to four children. In the UK, a Fire for Kids plan starts at £ 1.99 a month. amazon.com.au mentions parental controls, but does not appear to announce a subscription
Alternatively, you can pay $ 119 a year for an entire family. There is no annual plan for a single child.
If you're a Prime member, you pay $ 2.99 for a single child, $ 6.99 for up to four children, or $ 83.99 for an annual membership. For the Fire for Kids UK plan, the price is £ 3.99 for a child and £ 7.99 for up to four children or £ 1.99 for Prime.
FreeTime Unlimited is essentially a subscription service that gives your children unlimited access to content. Amazon considers children in certain age groups to be safe (3-5, 6-8, or 9-12). You can access more than 15,000 apps, games, videos and books and other educational content. Using the parent dashboard, you can control exactly what they have access to. Do not you like a specific TV channel or app? You can block it.
On Alexa's Freetime devices, FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to ad-free radio stations, hundreds of Audible books, kid-friendly Alexa capabilities, and more.
Other parental controls
In addition to the FreeTime feature and Parents Dashboard, Alexa has several built-in parental controls that can be helpful.
If you have enabled voice shopping on your Alexa devices, you should take some precautions.
You can save the language purchase with a PIN that needs to be spoken before an order can be placed. Or, you can disable voice shopping altogether so you can continue to add items to your Amazon cart and track orders. You can not make a purchase with your vote.
Do Not Disturb
If you have alerts turned on for your Alexa speakers, it is recommended that you enable a Do Not Disturb schedule.
Go to Settings> [Device Name] in the Alexa app or on alexa.amazon.com and tap the button to the right of Do not disturb . Next, click Scheduled enable it and edit the daily start and end times.
This prevents notifications, drop-ins and other possible sounds from this speaker after hours. If you suspect that your children are chatting with each other through their Alexa speakers after they've slept, a Do Not Disturb program on both should be nipped in the bud.
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