Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Amazon Debuts (Parent-Controlled) Shopping Accounts for Teens

Amazon Debuts (Parent-Controlled) Shopping Accounts for Teens

Amazon said Wednesday it's rolling out a new service for all Amazon customers that will make it easier for teens to shop on mom and dad's dime, but with parental oversight.

Order approvals are switched on by default, so if a parent wants to allow a teen to shop Amazon without each item being reviewed they'll have to explicitly disable this feature.

On the other end of the spectrum, the move could be seen as an effort to indoctrinate teens and get them addicted to Amazon early, before they become loyal to a competitor. And if you're a parent, Amazon requires that you certify that your teen's phone number or email address needed to link their accounts belongs to someone between the ages of 13 and 17. "We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents", said Michael Carr, vice president, Amazon Households.

Amazon has launched a new monthly payment plan for Prime Student, according to a recent press release.


A screenshot of a text alert to a parent for a teen's purchase.

Parents can approve or reject their teen's purchases.

Teens will also be able to access Prime-specific features like Prime Video and Twitch if their parents are members. Amazon is trying to replicate that feeling for the digital generation. Amazon, which already offered discounted Amazon Music Unlimited service for college students in the past, is now discounting its Prime service, as well.

Their credit card information will be hidden on the teen accounts, as will their purchase and browsing histories. Everyone knows most of the benefits from the subscription service by now, but the thing that I hear that keeps some people away is the cost.

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