Kindle FreeTime Gives Parents Added Control Over Tablet

John —  September 7, 2012 — 6 Comments
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Along with the release of the new line of Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced Kindle FreeTime, a parental control app that gives kids their own sandbox to play in on their parent’s tablet.

Amazon today reinvented parental controls with Kindle FreeTime. FreeTime gives parents easy-to-use tools to personalize their children’s digital media experience. With FreeTime, parents never have to worry what content their kids will access—parents select all of the content their kids can see and kids can’t exit FreeTime without a password. FreeTime also lets parents limit their kids’ screen time by content type—they may choose to limit videos and games, for example, but make reading time unlimited. Kindle FreeTime will be available for free on all of the new Kindle Fire devices starting in the coming weeks. -Amazon press release

This is great news for parents who are planning to buy a new Kindle Fire. I’m still wondering if FreeTime will be available to download for current Kindle Fire owners.  The press release indicates it will be available for free on the new Kindle Fire but it doesn’t mention the cost for current Kindle Fire owners, if it’s even available.

Kindle-Fire-FREE-timeThese kinds of parental controls are what have been needed for a very long time.  I’m always a little concerned when I give my Fire to one of my kids that they’ll wander off on the Internet.  Now I can completely block the browser and set a time limit so there’s now arguing about how long they can use it.  I say 15 minutes, your time is up and now it shuts you down.  Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.

How much would you pay for FreeTime?  Would you like to see an app like this on the iPad?  Leave you comments below!

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  • Kristac

    I would love to see apple do something similar.  This kind of parental control is long overdue.

  • Spencer

    Please on the iPad and upcoming iPad Mini!!! My kids all want of them, and I want to lock it down like I can my iMac!!!

  • http://thewiredhomeschool.com John Wilkerson

    It would be nice to see Apple do something like this for their devices. Even multiple user profiles would go a long way in making a safe experience for children.

  • Dsimas15

    Definitely needed on the iPad and iPad mini. Hope someone makes a similar apple app

  • http://thewiredhomeschool.com John Wilkerson

    I discovered a way to sandbox your kids to one app.  Check it out here: http://wp.me/p1aciG-fk

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