Safely distract kids with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire

December 5, 2012

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Sometimes, you just need a way to keep the kids busy so you can get stuff done. Well Amazon has launched a service called FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire that is a kid-friendly entertainment service designed to keep kids happy and entertained. The subscription-based service pulls in books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows that are specifically designed with young people in mind.

All of the apps included in this program have ads, in-app purchases, and social media integration disabled. This means you don't have to worry about the kids racking up a giant bill buying things in apps without your permission. The “Unlimited” package also means there’s no restriction on how many times they watch individual episodes or movies.

For this program, Amazon has teamed up with Common Sense Media for ratings. This is designed to make sure that not only are the apps appropriate for kids, but also that what the child does use is likely to be interesting for their particular age group. Parents can also add their own picks individually and set limits on how much video, app, and reading time is allowed.

The FreeTime content is accessed through a separate interface, and it supports separate profiles for each child. A password is required to leave the app, so it keeps kids from getting out and using the full features of the tablet. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is priced at $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family, per month. Prime members receive a discount on the service, taking it down to $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family. It will work on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with a software update coming soon, and a month’s free trial to get you started.

[via Slashgear]

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  • You can’t really put a price on a child’s education or a parent’s sanity. Although they certainly are trying, aren’t they?

  • Jayna

    Having a distraction for my kids when my husband or I need time to breathe has been the luckiest break for us to find. However, Amazon didn’t provide us with that break, DISH’s Blockbuster @Home did. They have an entire kids section of On Demand content, plus we can rent DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games by mail so there’s always something for our kids to do even if we need to use our tablet for something else. We found out about it a while ago from one of my coworkers at DISH, and we still can’t thank him enough.