Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: Everything You Need to Know

Angelica Greene
April 26, 2018

When a child questions a new "Kids Edition" of the Echo speaker and says "please", it will respond: "Thanks for asking so nicely".

FreeTime on Alexa works on Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus. Amazon also announced on Wednesday that it's made a child-focused version of its $80 Echo Dot speaker, which have durable, candy-colored cases and that its adding parental controls to the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus to help limit when a child can interact with their technology. Not exactly ideal if you have kids in the house, which is why Amazon's developed a child-friendly Echo Dot Kids Edition. Making the Echo and Alexa more useful as a family tool is also a smart move as Amazon continues to compete for dominance of the home against Apple and Google, the latter of which also announced some new kid-friendly content for its own Home speaker a year ago.

In the USA, the Echo Dot Kids Edition costs $79.99, around $30 more than the normal Echo Dot.

Amazon today introduced a Kids Edition of its hockey puck shaped smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot.

The newest Amazon Alexa speaker that was added to the family of devices today could be accurately characterized as the child of the group.

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The basic and free version of the FreeTime service blocks children from shopping on Alexa, reading the news, or using third-party delivery apps, like Uber or Dominos. The company already makes kid-friendly Fire tablets that give parents more affordable and durable alternatives to iPads.

The Echo Dot Kids Edition includes a two-year "worry-free guarantee", where Amazon will replace the device for free if there are problems. With FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa, parents get all of the FreeTime parental controls and features mentioned above, plus unlimited access to kid-friendly content including: ● Over 300 Audible Books - Kids will enjoy hours of entertaining and educational Audible books performed by some of their favorite characters and authors such as Peter Pan, Rip Van Winkle and more. Part of the reason for its success (beyond simply being the first to market) is the retail giant offers a range of Alexa compatible devices to suit every need and budget. Those who are new to FreeTime Unlimited can sign up for as low as $2.99 per month. The feature will also ensure Alexa "speaks kid", as Amazon puts it, and asks age-appropriate questions. It also includes the aforementioned parental controls and allows parents to schedule when the Echo Dot can be used.

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Using the Parent Dashboard feature, parents can see what kinds of activity their kids are engaging in, such as books, videos, apps, or web, broken down by time spent on each activity.

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