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With small kids, finding a reliable, durable device is only half the battle. Once you've made the decision to give your child a tablet, you are now caught in an endless series of protracted negotiations and snap judgments about how to keep them safe. How many unboxing videos of jelly toys can your kid watch before their brain melts? How many Peppa Pig reruns?
While many parents might find the Amazon Fire tablets annoying to negotiate for their own purposes, the kid versions come with an enormous benefit: FreeTime Unlimited, which is Amazon's kid content platform that lets parents tinker their child's access to books, movies, games, and apps. In the past, I recommended Amazon’s Fire 8 Kids Edition tablets for their bigger screen and better sound. But this month, Amazon finally released an upgraded version of its smaller Fire 7 kids edition.
Week - Tablet - Test - Run - Upgrades
For the past week, I let my 2-year-old and 4-year-old take the new tablet on a (highly supervised) test run. I have to say: I really like the upgrades, such as the case redesign. And despite flaws like the still-awful battery life, you get a lot for the price.
Just like the other Fire tablets, the kids editions exist mainly as a portal to Amazon content.
Amazon - Parent - Access - Parent - Dashboard
As always, Amazon gives you, the parent, access to a parent dashboard that lets you regulate what your kid can and cannot watch. You can add up to four separate child profiles in FreeTime and adjust the age range (my daughter’s profile is set from 2 to 6 years old). I can whitelist some apps, like Minecraft, into their FreeTime profiles; I can block others, like all things Barbie. I can set curfews and time limits, and set goals. For example, I set it so she can only look at safe websites after we’ve read...
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