Amazon Echo configuration for kids

Controls & Settings guide

In the UK and other regions, you can’t get the Echo Dot Kids Edition. But, if you already have an Amazon Echo (non-kids edition), you can child-proof it following these simple steps. US residents can the enable the ‘FreeTime’ option to get similar settings.

Amazon Echo

What do I need?

An Amazon Echo, Amazon account (email address and password) & The Alexa App

Restrictions you can apply

icon In App purchasing
icon Inappropriate content
icon Timer

Configure your existing device

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Add their device to your account

– Open the Alexa app, and in the bottom right-hand corner tap Devices.

– Next, tap Add Device then tap to add Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and more

– Follow the prompts on the screen. You can also rename the device to your child’s name.

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Turn on Profanity Filter

The Explicit Filter will aim to stop songs being played that have explicit lyrics in them.

– From the Alexa App, tap Settings (get here from the More menu in the bottom right-hand corner), tap Music & Podcasts.
– Here you’ll find the music controls and at the top is the Profanity Filter. Tap to toggle this feature on.

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Turn off Voice Purchasing

When disable Alexa will not allow anyone to make an Amazon purchase and payment on your Alexa-enabled devices.

– From the Alexa App, tap Settings (get here from the More menu in the bottom right-hand corner), tap Account Settings, then tap Voice Purchasing.
– Next, tap the toggle so it turns grey. You may get a prompt, simply tap Yes.

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Turn on Kid Skills

Kids Skills are skills that have been identified by the developer as directed to children. Alexa will process and retain information related to you and your child’s’ use of kid skills – voice recordings, etc.

You’ll be able to review your child’s voice interactions from the ‘History’ section via the Settings menu.

– From the Alexa App, tap Settings (get here from the More menu in the bottom right-hand corner), tap Account Settings, then tap Kid Skills.

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Configure notification settings

You can enable Do Not Disturb. When enabled, Alexa won’t disturb you during the times you schedule (optional), except for timers or alarms.

– From the Alexa App, tap Settings (get here from the More menu in the bottom right-hand corner), tap Account Settings, then tap Device Settings.
– Next tap Do Not Disturb, then toggle Do Not Disturb until it turns blue.
– You also have the option to schedule when you want to enable this feature. Simply just toggle Scheduled, then enter your chosen time.

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