How Kids Can Use Alexa Safely?
Kids find Alexa very fascinating and it’s quite obvious that they will play with the technology endlessly. It’s a great piece of tech for sure. But, it can invite trouble if you don’t restrict its range of features, especially to make it safer for your kids.
The best thing about Alexa is that you can set up parental controls as you do on other smart devices. There’s a lot to cover here in this post, so we will quickly jump on to the part where you can learn how to set up Alexa for your kids. Once we are done with that, we will share several Alexa skills and commands useful for your kids. Let’s get started!
How to Set Up Your Alexa for Kids?
Here’s how you can make your Alexa device kid-friendly. You may follow these steps as we go along.
1. Voice Purchasing
Setting up voice purchasing is important so that you don’t end up getting random packages from Amazon now and then. Kids might make a purchase unknowingly and cause a dent in your bank balance. Here’s how you can manipulate voice purchasing.
- Access the Alexa App on your phone
- Once you are on the home screen, tap on the ‘More’ tab
- Go to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Account Settings’
- Now tap on ‘Voice Purchasing’
- You must see a toggle switch here. Tap on the toggle to switch on/off Voice Purchasing.
- Now tap on ‘Purchase Confirmation’
- Here, you can enable or disable ‘Purchase Confirmation’
- Do the same with ‘Kids Skills Purchasing’
- Lastly, toggle on or off the ‘Purchases Require Approval’ option.
You will also have enough security options like enable or disable voice purchasing, set up voice purchasing passcode, and more. Make sure you go through them as well.
2. Music Settings
You don’t want your kids to listen and consume explicit content. It is highly recommended that you put filters over the audio content available on Amazon. There’s a lot of content on Amazon. Therefore, you have to ensure proper Communications and Do Not Disturb controls before your kids start using Alexa. It is quite easy to set up filters. Let’s find out how.
- Firstly, you need to make Alexa private. To find out how much access Alexa has, you should tap on ‘Alexa Privacy’ and check the data Amazon is collecting off your device. Make good decisions while changing your privacy settings.
- Next, you will have to ensure kids don’t consume explicit content. To do that, tap on the ‘Music & Podcasts’ option in the Settings menu. This is where you can control the music services connected to your Alexa device.
- Now, turn on or off the ‘Explicit Filter’. This will keep your kids away from anything they shouldn’t be listening to. You are all set to pass on the device to your kids.
Recommended Alexa Skills for Kids
Amazon has installed some excellent Alexa skills that are designed just for your little ones. Let’s list some of the best we have ever found.
1. Sesame Street
Kids and even grown adults would like to chat with Elmo. On Alexa, it’s been designed to talk to kids about things like ‘letter of the day’ or even play games like hide and seek! Kids get audio clues and they can shout out if they find Elmo. All you have to do is say “Alexa, ask Sesame Street to call Elmo.”
2. SpongeBob Challenge
SpongeBob is a classic! Who doesn’t like SpongeBob Squarepants? Take orders for the Krusty Krab and get busy flippin’ burgers. Remember the orders and repeat them back. Try to remember as many as you can and the game becomes much fun! All you have to do is say “Alexa, start the SpongeBob Challenge.”
Make teeth time fun with Chompers! As a parent, we often struggle with making our kids brush teeth every day. How about making the brushing time more fun? Pair your teeth time with interesting riddles, hilarious jokes, and songs for a full two minutes. This will definitely make your kids look forward to brushing teeth. All you have to do is say “Alexa, start Chompers from Gimlet.”
4. Animal Game
Kids would definitely love this. The game involves Alexa guessing the animals your kids will hint at. You can think of an animal and give clues to make Alexa guess the name of the animal. You have to say “Alexa, play Animal Game” to get started.
5. The Magic Door
The Magic Door is another interactive Alexa skill that your kids can engage with. It’s about exploring a fantasy world. Kids make choices, collect items, and meet talking animals as they find their way through the fantasy world. All you have to say is “Alexa, open The Magic Door.”
6. Moshi Twilight
Lastly, one of our favorites and also kids’ – bedtime stories. Moshi Monsters came up with these bedtime stories that have beautiful ambient sound effects that help kids sleep. Although it is less interactive, it’s quite useful. All you have to say is “Alexa, play a Sleep Story by Moshi.”
Recommended Alexa Commands for Kids
Then you also have cool Alexa Commands that your kids will be highly excited to use. Although commands on Alexa can get a bit complex, your kids can always start with simple commands like “Alexa, flip a coin”; “Alexa, sing me a song”; “Alexa, tell me a story” and more.
Alexa can make your kids learn safely. It can definitely help them approach technology in a way that not only allows them to get entertained but also use it to make their lives better. Growing up with this simple distinction can later help them use technology for their advantage. We hope this quick guide helped you make Alexa safer for your kids. Have questions? Let us know in the comments section!
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