Amazon launches new Alexa experiences for kids and parents

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That said, those who already own an Echo Dot and want to put it in their kids' bedrooms with all the same parental controls can do it without ever buying a Kids Edition. The Unlimited service offers premium content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids and Cartoon Network. It's priced at $79.99 and includes one year of FreeTime Unlimited and a two-year worry-free guarantee (if it gets broken, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked).

Amazon is reportedly working on a new Alexa-enabled robot that would answer questions, perform tasks and even follow you around your home. "Perhaps that will lessen the fear that some parents have that adding an AI (artificial intelligent assistant) is ruining a kid's etiquette".

Kids are being rude to Alexa, so the digital assistant is going to teach them a lesson.

Gallagher set up the devices for her 6- and 9-year-old daughters with rules that allowed them to view videos or play games only after they had spent at least a half hour reading.

Another smart FreeTime feature, called "Magic Word, ' rewards kids when they're polite and use 'please" when they talk to Alexa.

Restless children need not bother their parents.

In February, ConnectSafely sponsored a family night in Austin, Texas, during Safer Internet Day. It's meant for children between the ages of 5 and 12. For more of my thoughts about parental controls, visit connectsafely.org/parental-controls. Parents everywhere are overjoyed to finally hear, "Alexa, watch this!" When Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress earlier this month, he took steps to assure lawmakers that the data from users of its Messenger Kids app "will not be shared with third parties". By having human reviewers, it's a lot less likely for an inappropriate video to slip through the cracks.

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The new parental controls for Echo are a version of the FreeTime parental controls that debuted five years ago on Amazon's kid-friendly Fire tablets. These new offerings bring Alexa-specific features and content to Amazon's FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited services for children.

"Tens of millions of households already use Alexa, and today we're excited to introduce an entirely new way for kids to have fun and learn with Alexa", said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services.

Bloomberg also reports that while it doesn't know exactly how the robot would be able to get around the house, it does believe that it would use computer vision systems similar to those found on a self-driving vehicle. It looks just like the regular Echo Dot, but features a kid-friendly rubber case, and your choice of colors are green, red, and blue.

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Alexa, why does my mom always call me for dinner just when we start the Spongebob Challenge?

Larry Magid is a tech journalist and internet safety activist.

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