If Democrats and former U.S. presidents can spy for political reasons, surely there’s a tool for parents to track their children’s activity online.
Amazon is now introducing the tools, stepping in to help parents with parenting.
— Amazon Lab126 (@AmazonLab126) April 13, 2017
The company’s Fire tablets now offer parents a set of tools through their FreeTime service, designed to allow a pre-approval of the amount of time kids spend on the tablet as well as what they are allowed to do, according to The Associated Press.
— Theresa Payton (@TrackerPayton) April 13, 2017
The new tool on the tablet dashboard is free as is the service from Amazon.
— Ravindra Bhadu (@RavindraBhadu) April 14, 2017
As their children explore the internet and read books, play games or watch videos, parents will have access to the data collected by Amazon on their website.
That sounds safe, doesn’t it?
@BuzzFeed Very creepy but very helpful to monitor
— Alec Silva (@AlecDSilva) April 12, 2017
According to AP:
Information will include the amount of time spent on e-books, videos, apps and web browsing. Parents will also see 90 days’ worth of details such as the specific books read and videos watched — and how long the child spent on each.
The service will also suggest some questions and activities, with open-ended questions designed to avoid classic single-word responses from kids. For the book “Captain Awesome vs. Nacho Cheese Man,” for instance, suggested discussion topics include questioning assumptions and assessing the role incorrect assumptions have on friendships.
How thoughtful of Amazon to suggest discussion topics for parents who need to know how to communicate with their kids about the books they are reading.
A close read of the fine print may offer some insight into how secure the data is that is collected and what the e-commerce giant does with it during its 90 days on the website. That is assuming the data is deleted after that time period.
Parents pls don’t fall for this privacy invading gimmick! “Amazon aims to help parents monitor — & talk to — kids” https://t.co/TMAagOvzEo
— Parents4Privacy (@Parents4Privacy) April 12, 2017
An unlimited version of the dashboard tool is available for a $3-and-up monthly subscription, offering access to material that Amazon “deems appropriate” for different-aged children.
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