Amazon letting teens create their own account with parents' permission


A Household allows you to connect and share Amazon benefits with the whole family. Once a teen receives an invitation, they can create their own username and password.

Customers can sign up for the program online, and teens can inform their parents through a text or email of their desire to register. No worries parents, the orders won't go through until you approve it.

There's no extra cost to use it, and parents don't need to have a Prime membership to add teens to their accounts. This will send parents a message with details of the order. When teens add an item to their shopping cart, they will also have the option to add a note to explain why they need or want that item.

Pre-approving orders is done alongside establishing a spending limit, meaning that while the teen can order anything they want, they can only do such up to a certain price before the ability is taken away.

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A screenshot of a text alert to a parent for a teen's purchase. Despite it being not unreasonable, it's understandable that not every person can afford it. Students are typically among that category, but Amazon has announced new pricing for college kids. Once the order is placed, parents can see an itemized invoice and are able to cancel and return items, according to's normal terms.

To get the ball rolling, parents must enter their kids' contact information, and indicate which of their payment cards is to be used for purchases.

That means Amazon would then be tapping into the pocket money teens may have on hand from their part-time jobs, babysitting money, allowances and the like. Now Amazon is giving that first solo-buying experience a digital makeover.

For the time being, however, the feature is more about letting teens shop a bit more independently.