Amazon Kids+

App review by Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Subscription service with robust, detailed screen limits.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 3+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 6+

Mostly about Amazon forging a relationship with your child with parents out of the way

My daughter received the Amazon Kids' Edition Kindle (e-reader) as a gift. We used to share my Kindle to get books from the Library but sharing it became tedious. Her Kids' Edition kindle came with Amazon Kids. The short of it is that it is not worth it. We got it 'included' and it wasn't worth it. I would definitely not pay extra for it. As it comes, Amazon Kids just creates a special part of the Kindle that is under 'parental control' but really just creates a bunch of extra steps to get your stuff in there. At the same time, it contains a whole boatload of Amazon-only curated content. In essence, you've walled off an area to protect your child, it is a pain to move your own stuff in there, but Amazon has its own underground tunnel with a train to move whatever it wants in there whenever it wants. You're giving Amazon unfettered access to your child. This said, you can set it to only allow books (not sure about other content) that you want but, to do so with Amazon Kids, you simply introduce a bunch of manual steps that must be performed on the device to get that content over to the Kids' part of the device. For us, despite being my child's Kindle, it still operates more like my Kindle with a Kid's section that she needed my constant intervention to use. Her Kindle with Amazon Kids was harder than just sharing my old Kindle. Amazon Kids adds little/nothing...other than the appearance of parental controls but mostly about letting the Kindle do whatever it (what Amazon decides) wants to do. And the choices are 1) Let Amazon Kids do whatever it wants or 2) Amazon Kids can't do anything but it'll create 10 extra steps for you every time you want to do something. Ended up ditching the Amazon Kids and using her Kindle as her Kindle. Like when we shared one Kindle but now we can both read at the same time. The parental controls are me checking-in and keeping up on what gets checked out from our library. It isn't the ideal system, and far less than what Amazon and Kindle should be able to pull off...but it is better than Amazon Kids. AK seems to be more oriented towards getting parents out of the way to open up new market segments. It is a real disappointment that Amazon couldn't even pretend to be a bit more about parents and families than this.

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age 3+

Fire whoever designed this app

I’ve never been as compelled as I am this morning to write a review. I’ve wasted HOURS trying to get this app to work on any of the 3 fire sticks we have in our home. Whoever designed this app should be fired. Takes 10 minutes just to load the main screen. When you finally find a show to watch, the app will reset. I’m this close to just throwing the fire sticks away. It’s that bad. Don’t waste your $ on this app. Amazon usually impresses me, but this kids app is pure trash.

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