Most tablets designed for use by children are not worth the money in your pocket. But who says you have to be wrapped in a rubber bumper and skinned with a blue or pink background to be kid-friendly? Amazon is definitely on to something with its helpful and easy-to-use settings on the Kindle Fire HDX. Through Kindle FreeTime, best for children ages 8 and younger, you can set up separate user profiles that each offer specific approved content and time limits. Through the more basic parental controls, that Amazon recommends for children 9 and up, you can restrict Web access and ban specific apps, among other things. Here’s how to get set up.
For Children Ages 8 and Under
1. Pull down from the top to reveal the quick settings menu. Tap Settings.
2. Tap Parental Controls.
3. Tap Open Kindle FreeTime.
4. Follow the set up directions. Tap Get Started and enter your password.
5. Add a child’s name, check off the child’s gender, set his or her birthday day and tap the white box to pick a picture to represent that child. Tap Add Another Child to repeat this process. Or tap Next.
6. Tap the + sign beneath Add Content.
7. Check off which apps you want your child to be able to access. Amazon automatically selects those it deems kid-friendly.
8. Tap the bar that says For Kids to get access to your larger library of apps, books, movies to manually add those to your child’s list. Tap Done.
9. You’ll be presented with an ad for Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. This is a service that gives your child access to kid-friendly books, apps and videos for a monthly fee ($2.99 for one child; $6.99 for a family of up to 6).
10. Tap Daily Time Limits and enter your password.
11. Tap the icon for your child.
12. Toggle Set Time Limits to On.
13. Select Total Screen Time or Time By Activity. Slide your finger along the bars of yellow to select a specific time frame. Total screen time goes up to 6 hours. Reading Books, Watching Videos, Using Apps can go on a scale up to 6 hours or be set to Unlimited.
14. Tap the back button to go back to the menu. Select the Gear icon.
15. Tap Wireless Networks to disable apps from using location based services.
16. Toggle the Location-Based Services line to Off.
17. Go back to the menu page. Tap the icon of your child in the middle of the screen. This will open his very own user interface/profile that only displays those things you set for him. To get out of this environment, swipe down from the top, and tap Exit Parental Controls. You’ll need your password.