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Old 11-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Kindle Fire for Kids?

Can somebody give feedback on how 'kid' friendly the kindle fire is?

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Does it require your amazon password to buy books/movies/music/etc?

Can you restrict the streaming of 'prime' movies by rating? (R for example)

Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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Hi.

If I had kids, I wouldn't let them venture into the Kindle Store alone. There are a lot of great picture and chapter books now, but there are a lot of really nasty comic books. Today I accidentally ran into one with not just swearing, but nudity.

There are no parental settings at this time sadly.

You can set it up so it asks for a PIN you can setup. But no, you cannot restrict the movies to only certain ratings.
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And this is just a suggestion, because I know a lot of parents are getting this for their kids at Christmas... Pre-load the device. Buy like $25-50 worth of games/books/tv shows and have it in the "Cloud". It not only makes the Fire more inviting, but it'll keep them busy for at least a month while Amazon works on the feature.
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And this is just a suggestion, because I know a lot of parents are getting this for their kids at Christmas... Pre-load the device. Buy like $25-50 worth of games/books/tv shows and have it in the "Cloud". It not only makes the Fire more inviting, but it'll keep them busy for at least a month while Amazon works on the feature.
Thats what Im doing to both of mine.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:40 PM   #5
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So does it lock you out of the kindle store? (ask for a password?)

I'm coming from the apple/iPad/iPhone world where the kids can browse the appstore, but cant buy anything without my password.

How are streamed 'prime' movies accessed? Is it through the kindle store? or a different app?

Sorry for all the questions... Just want to know if i should send the 3 kindles fires i have on my desk back, or wrap them up

I'm sure other people want to know the same thing.


PS. My kids ages are 9,11,14
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You have to know how to set your own restrictions with the kids. I've done that with mine. They use the iPad one all the time, they have never done anything I didn't want them too do. They know better. I also showed my son the Fire last night and he really wanted to play some games and stuff, we were looking at the app store, downloaded tic tac toe and played a bit. I think it's a great device for kids. You need to teach your kids what the rules are. I have, that's my responsibility.
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You have to know how to set your own restrictions with the kids. I've done that with mine. They use the iPad one all the time, they have never done anything I didn't want them too do. They know better. I also showed my son the Fire last night and he really wanted to play some games and stuff, we were looking at the app store, downloaded tic tac toe and played a bit. I think it's a great device for kids. You need to teach your kids what the rules are. I have, that's my responsibility.
My kids have free reign on Netflix as well. They have their own account that they share. The rule is rated G, PG only. No PG-13 and of course the mature ratings are off limits. With Netflix you can see the viewing history and take disciplinary action when warranted. I scolded my daughter for watching some Twilight movie after ignoring the rules. She knows she'll suffer dire consequences if there is a next time.
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This still isn't answering my question... maybe i'll ask it another way.

My problem with kindles (we have about 4 in the house) is that amazon uses its '1-click' method of buying books. It doesn't ask you to verify who you are when buying anything from a kindle.

Has this changed on the kindle fire? If i click 'buy' will it ask for a password/pin/verification before it charges my credit card? (like itunes)

I agree that its my responsibility to set the expectations with my kids. But i'm also smart enough not to leave a loaded gun around my child and say "don't touch" (in this case... a Kindle Fire hooked up to my amazon prime account).

I'm just trying to figure out... How are things (apps/music) purchased on the fire. How are 'prime' movies streamed on the fire.

Then i can make the decision if its right for my kids.
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This still isn't answering my question... maybe i'll ask it another way.

My problem with kindles (we have about 4 in the house) is that amazon uses its '1-click' method of buying books. It doesn't ask you to verify who you are when buying anything from a kindle.

Has this changed on the kindle fire? If i click 'buy' will it ask for a password/pin/verification before it charges my credit card? (like itunes)

I agree that its my responsibility to set the expectations with my kids. But i'm also smart enough not to leave a loaded gun around my child and say "don't touch" (in this case... a Kindle Fire hooked up to my amazon prime account).

I'm just trying to figure out... How are things (apps/music) purchased on the fire. How are 'prime' movies streamed on the fire.

Then i can make the decision if its right for my kids.
It still operates using 1-Click. You can use a gift card for default payment.

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Don't have a payment set and they can't buy anything on the device only through the website. This is how I have my Kindles set up. I only buy through the website. I only put my payment in the normal account area I have no CC designated for any of the Amazon digital stores. This is also gives me a confirmation screen through the website when I purchase something so I don't accidentally buy it.
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The problem that we discovered with the Fire (my 12-year-old twins each got one last night from their grandparents for their birthday) is that every ebook my wife and I have purchased shows up on the bookshelf ... including some books that my kids are not going to be allowed to read. There should be a way to remove books from the bookshelf displayed on the device.
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The problem that we discovered with the Fire (my 12-year-old twins each got one last night from their grandparents for their birthday) is that every ebook my wife and I have purchased shows up on the bookshelf ... including some books that my kids are not going to be allowed to read. There should be a way to remove books from the bookshelf displayed on the device.
I have that problem too. Short of creating a separate Amazon.com account for the kids, I don't know of a solution.
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I have that problem too. Short of creating a separate Amazon.com account for the kids, I don't know of a solution.
Some of us have had this discussion weeks ago in anticipation of various issues. Many decided to get the child(ren) a separate account.
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Some of us have had this discussion weeks ago in anticipation of various issues. Many decided to get the child(ren) a separate account.
Except my kids also want the device for our Prime video viewing and they wouldn't be able to take advantage of that if they use a separate Amazon account.
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