Click, click. Buy, buy. The Kindle Fire could prove expensive in the wrong hands. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Wired.com
Planning on buying a Kindle Fire for your kids? It seems like a great idea, right? All the books, all the movies and all the Angry Birds action you’d find in an iPad, but at less than half the price. Who cares if the brats break it?
Not so fast. Like the regular Kindle before it, the Kindle Fire is equipped with 1-Click shopping. Once signed in, you can buy as much as you like without needing to enter your password.
But unlike the regular Kindle, the Fire’s colorful touch-screen and huge library of apps, music and movies is rather tempting to a child’s little brain and fingers. And these can all be bought by little Johnny with a simple tap.
The answer is to de-register the Kindle after every purchase, something that almost nobody will do. Aside from the inconvenience, de-registering will also disable any installed apps. And you thought Android was “open.”
Speaking to Reuters, Amazon said that more parental controls will be added in the future. That probably won’t help on Christmas day this year year, with parents drunk and distracted, and the kids all hopped up on sugar, manically tapping the 1-Click button and plundering Pops’ credit card account.