Amazon's Freetime brings kid-friendly profiles to Fire TV

Parents get full control over what the kids are watching

Freetime comes to Fire TV
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Those pesky kids – always trying to watch things they shouldn't. But if you have a Fire TV device and some young'uns in your possession, Amazon's FreeTime is now live on all Fire TV boxes, and promises to keep the content kid-friendly.

FreeTime runs across several Amazon devices, including Echo speakers and Kindles. It's a free parental controls layer, but you can add FreeTime Unlimited, which starts at $2.99 per month to get you "unlimited" access to a ton of kid-friendly content as well. Adding FreeTime to Fire TV, gets the kids their own profile filled with child-appropriate movies, shows, and apps.

Read this: How to use Alexa for kids

Parents get a dashboard from where they can set screentime limits, after which the Fire TV will automatically shut itself down. And should the kids bore of Kung Fu Panda and try breaking out of their age-appropriate confinements, you'll be able to set a pin to lock them in. Nice try, guys.

However, say there's a show or movie not inside the restrictions of FreeTime that you're fine with them watching, you'll be able to grant access to it using the parental master controls. The dashboard can be accessed remotely too, should you not be home when the kids are.

Amazon recommends FreeTime for kids aged 3-12, but you can set up a variety of age filters within the service.

FreeTime is rolling out on the Fire TV Stick 4K, second-gen Fire TV Stick, and the first- and second-gen Fire TV boxes right now. Amazon says it's also coming to select Fire TV Edition Smart TVs down the road, but no plans yet for the Fire TV Cube.

Amazon also recently announced the service will be coming to Echo Show devices.




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