Making sure your kids don’t view any inappropriate material on your tablet can be difficult. Between the web, movies, games, music and books, there are limitless opportunities for kids to see things they shouldn’t. That’s why both Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch come loaded a wide array of parental controls settings. Here’s how to ensure your child isn’t playing with fire when they’re playing with your Fire.
Amazon has made the Kindle Fire HD’s parental controls extremely user-friendly. In fact, all of the tablet’s basic parental controls can be switched on or off from a single screen. To enable parental controls:
From the Parental Controls menu, you can enable and disable any number of parental settings. Say for example, you don’t want your kids watching a movie you recently downloaded or listening to a new album. Amazon’s got you covered. To restrict content:
To block the Newsstand, for example, press Unblocked on the Newsstand line. When it says Blocked, the newsstand will automatically be blocked whenever the Parental Controls are enabled. Reverse the steps to enable the Newsstand.
Beyond standard parental controls, Amazon also gives parents the opportunity to control how long their kids can use the Kindle Fire HD thanks to the company’s Kindle FreeTime app. The software, which is available through a download and features its own kid-friendly interface, allows parents to set up profiles for their children and assign each their own usage time limits, give them access rights to content and more.
In order to enable FreeTime you’ll first have to create a profile for your child. To create a profile:
Your child’s profile will now be created. Once the profile is created, you can open FreeTime and tap your child’s profile image to put the Kindle Fire HD in FreeTime mode.
With your child’s profile created, you can now enable or disable individual settings. To manage your child’s profile:
FreeTime also allows parents to limit the amount of time their kids can use the Kindle Fire HD. To set up time limits:
If you followed each of the above steps and remember to set keep the parental controls switched on, and FreeTime is active, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be safe while using your Kindle Fire HD.