Amazon sets up parental controls for teen shoppers

Andrew Cummings
October 11, 2017

Approved purchases are eligible for Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping.

"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way", Ellen Kinney, Director of Prime Student for Amazon, said in a statement.


Tied to the parent's account, the log-in allows teens to purchase items off Amazon.com and from Amazon services with their parents' credit card and Prime accounts. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget. "For teens who have a parent with a Prime membership, they can also access Prime benefits at no additional cost, including fast, free shipping, Prime Video and gaming benefits with Twitch Prime". Parents will get a text or email notification with the information about the order, the notification will include an option to approve to decline the order request. Amazon's default setting with this service is autoapproval of orders, but parents can individually approve them via text if they so prefer. Parents can either sign up their teen, or a teen can send an invitation to mom or dad via SMS or email.

As things stand, shoppers must be 18 years of age or over to buy goods through Amazon, but moving forward the internet giant will allow 13 to 17-year-olds to get their own login credentials that are associated with their parents' Amazon account. We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents.


The next step for Amazon would be to make it easier for teens to use this cash, perhaps by configuring a digital allowance parents can dole out to teens' accounts.


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