Kids Now Have Their Own Alexa – Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Many of today’s parents, grew up with teddy bears, but today’s children are already more tech savvy than we are, and they grew up with tablets, so Amazon created its popular Fire Kids Edition tablets.
Digital assistants are already here, with voices that attempt to answer whatever we ask for, but sometimes those answers aren’t exactly things you’d want a child to hear, so Amazon created a version of Alexa specifically meant for kids, called Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition.

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With this device Amazon aim to satisfy the kids’ natural desire for tech gadgets, but at the same time give parents the possibility to control they way their kids interact with these gadgets.

Design & Features

Its design is practically a kid-friendly version of the original device, wrapped in a durable and colorful case (available in blue, green and red), more suitable to the kids’ use, but what sets it apart from the standard version, is its bundled software.
The Kids Edition includes 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a 2-years worry-free guarantee - if the kids break it, return it and Amazon will replace for free.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Colors

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Colors

Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music, answer questions, tell stories. With the 1-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription, kids can access content they’ll love, such as kid-focused skills, hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, quizzing their knowledge with National Geographic. Kids can play thousands of songs from ad-free radio stations and playlists from iHeartRadio Family, like Radio Disney, Nick Radio and Kids Hits, waking up to special alarms featuring characters they love, and more.

The biggest change is probably that Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition has a new way of interacting with children thanks to new kid-friendly programming for Alexa. According to Buzzfeed, some of these new features include a kind of reward every time kids say “please,” and more forgiving voice recognition that allows kids to say “Awexa” instead of Alexa.

Amazon even changed the responses to certain questions.

  • When asked if I’m too fat, Alexa will reply “Everyone’s bodies are different shapes, colors, and sizes, and that’s okay. If you’re concerned about something, you should talk to a trusted friend, grown-up, or relative.
  • When asked where babies come from, Alexa will reply “People make people, but how they’re made would be a better question for a grown-up.”
  • Or if a kid is having problems at school and asks Alexa “Why are kids mean to me?” Alexa will respond by saying “People bully, or are mean, for many different reasons. Bullying feels bad and is never okay. If you or someone else is being bullied, please know that there are lots of folks who can help you. You should talk with your parents, a teacher, or another trusted grown-up about it.”

Thanks to FreeTime, parents can set bedtimes, review activity, limit the times during which kids can speak to Alexa (like no talking to it after bedtime), restrict the skills kids can use, filter out songs with explicit lyrics, and more.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Parental Control

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Parental Control

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition, is now available for pre-order at $79 and will be delivered from May 9, 2018.

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Henry D'Amico
 

Hi, I'm Henry D'Amico the founder of Tech Periscope, and a fellow passionate about all things digital, since I was a young boy. With the help of my team and Kit (my digital assistant), I like to share what I've learned and give you some great advice.

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