Parents now have a new way of keeping their kids entertained using their phones. This is thanks to Amazon launching its FreeTime app on Android. FreeTime has previously only been available on Amazon devices such as Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Kindles, but it’s now newly available on Android.
With everyone and their dog now owning a smartphone, it’s increasingly difficult for parents to control what their kids are exposed to on the internet. If they’re committed enough, they’ll find the app, game, or video their friends are all talking about. Cue Amazon’s FreeTime app to save the day.
Deemed Suitable for Children
For the uninitiated, Amazon FreeTime is a free app providing access to thousands of websites and videos deemed suitable for children. And, if you’re willing to pay the monthly fee required for the privilege of using Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, much more besides.
The regular FreeTime app gives you (and your precious darlings) access to “40,000 YouTube videos and websites”. All hand-selected by human curators. You can also add apps, games, videos, and books you already own and deem suitable for your children.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited costs $2.99/month for Amazon Prime subscribers, and $4.99/month for everyone else. Unlimited subscribers get an additional 10,000 age-appropriate books and premium videos from brands including Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS Kids.
Whether you pay for Unlimited or not you’ll be able to make use of FreeTime’s innovative parental controls. Parents can use these to limit screen time: ‘Learn First’ hides all the entertaining content until certain educational requirements are met, while ‘Bedtime’ turns FreeTime off at every night.
Keeping Your Offspring Innocent
Amazon FreeTime is another tool in parents’ arsenal of weaponry as they fight to keep their offspring innocent for as long as possible. You might as well take advantage of this free app while your kids are young, because as soon as they become teenagers the fight is over. And you lose.
Have you previously used the Amazon FreeTime app on a Fire tablet or Fire TV? If so, what do you think of it? If not, will you try it now that it’s available on Android? Do you worry about the content your kids are consuming online? Please let us know in the comments below!