Option 2: Purchasing parental controls through Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service available for customers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany. It’s available on Fire, Android, iOS, Kindle, and compatible Echo devices, and one subscription works across all devices. It gives kids access to thousands of age-appropriate books, movies, TV shows, music, games, and educational apps for a small monthly fee. Parents can use it to create a personalized experience for their kids while striking the right balance between education and entertainment.
It has additional parental control options, such as limiting the type of content your child accesses until they’ve completed daily goals (i.e., math problems, reading) and shutting itself down at the designated curfew.
How to subscribe to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited on an Amazon Fire:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.
- Tap Profiles & Family Library.
- Tap your child’s profile.
- Tap Subscribe to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
- Select a monthly subscription plan:
- Single Child Plan ($4.99/month or $2.99/month for Prime members): If you have only one child registered to Amazon FreeTime, or if you want to provide access to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited to one, but not all, of the child profiles in your household
- Family Plan ($9.99/month or $6.99/month for Prime members, $119/year or $83/year for Prime members): If you want your subscription to cover up to four children in your household
How to use Amazon FreeTime Unlimited’s parental controls:
- Tap the FreeTime app.
- Select the profile for your child.
- Choose Set Daily Goals & Time Limits and adjust the toggles to choose how long they can spend per day in specific apps (on the device overall).
- Choose a Turn off by time to prevent them from using their tablet after bedtime.
- Tap Manage your Child’s Content and then Smart Filters to set the age minimum and maximum for the type of content they’re allowed to see.