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Kids Love New Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Fire Designed Just for Them

Kids Love New Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Fire Designed Just for Them

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

In our house, our Amazon Echo has been a part of our daily routine for a couple of years now, and Alexa is like a member of our family. Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask Alexa a question, check the weather or play a song. The kids love to try and stump her! Now Amazon has introduced kid-friendly versions of its devices. Predictably, our kids love new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition designed just for them.

We set our Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition on a cabinet in our family room so the kids could easily access it.

When we first installed our Amazon Echo two years ago, we wanted to make sure the kids were accessing Alexa in the right way. Knowing Sophia and Ava, without oversight they would have her helping them with answers to their homework assignments. We put rules in place for how and when Alexa could be used, and for what purposes. As we got more comfortable with the technology, we found Alexa was a great addition to our household. Now she helps us with all kinds of things, like making dinner reservations, booking travel and predicting weather condition in far away places.

Still as parents, we worry about the kids have full access to all the knowledge and operations Alexa is capable of providing. This is why we’re so excited to welcome the new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition into our home.

Kids Love New Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Fire Designed Just for Them

kid with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Once I had the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition set up in our family, room the kids immediately jumped into questions for Alexa.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

From the moment we set up our new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition in the family room, both Ava and Sophia set out to quiz and stump Alexa. Of course they did not win that battle of brains, but it was pretty funny to listen to them try.

Ava: “Alexa, spell ‘icup’

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: “I’d rather not answer that”

Sophia: “Alexa, is your refrigerator running?”

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: “Yes, it’s training for a 5K”

Bottom line, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is designed with content curated for them specifically. Alexa can be accessed to play games like Simon Says, quiz them for tests, read them a story, play songs and plenty more.

I personally love the connection between Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Audible, where my kids can listen to a story read aloud by actors. For example, Ava can listen to her favorite Harry Potter books while multi-tasking with something else.

Alexa Parent Dashboard
setting up Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Once I downloaded the Alexa app, setting up our new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition was super easy. I just followed the prompts!

Through Alexa’s Parent Dashboard, we can control what the kids can access on their Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and what they cannot. Through the Alexa app on my phone, I can:

  • set time limits for how long the kids can access Alexa
  • filter explicit lyrics from songs (those hip hop artists can get pretty graphic)
  • control access remotely, limit hours and pause activity
  • listen into the room to hear what is going on remotely
  • and much more
Amazon Alexa app household communications

From the Amazon Alexa app, I can manage the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition directly from my phone.

Next up, we plan to link the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition to our household Amazon Echo system. This way, our current three Alexa stations can welcome their little sister into the network. One of the cool things about this? We can be upstairs and ask Alexa to summon the kids in the downstairs family room, using the system as an intercom. So many cool things to explore with this gadgetry – we’ve only just touched the surface! (We’re totally into learning how to use Alexa Skill Blueprints to schedule a Chore Chart for the kids. No more nagging! Alexa will remind the kids to do their chores at the specific times we set!)

Amazon Echo Kids Edition guided set up

Our new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition guided me through set up – easy peasy.

Worry Free

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, giving us access to  hundreds of hours of fun and educational content. After the first year, the fee for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited starts at just $2.99 per month for Prime members and $4.99 per month for others. (We can cancel at any time by contacting Customer Service. Those of you with rambunctious kids will be pleased to know that the device comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

Although Sophia and Ava are beyond the ages served best by the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, we tried it out and are so happy to have this fun device. It’s perfect for when our family and friends visit with their littles.

Amazon Fire HD8 Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is powerful enough to run data-heavy content and light enough for kids to easily manage.

Designed for kids ages 3-12, the all new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the latest generation of Amazon’s best-selling kids tablet. This device allows kids to play games, watch programming, and engage in many fun learning activities. Kind of like the Echo for those on-the-go situations, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition is bundled with many of the same games and features in a visual display. Kids can just touch the screen to scroll through categories and choices, selecting with their finger the activity they would like to begin.

One of the things we noticed about the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is it’s design and durability. It is a real tablet with fully engaged screen, but protected by a kid-safe bumper that comes in blue, pink, or yellow. With 8 hours of battery life, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition will easily serve the busy family on the go.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is designed specially for them, with content curated according to their levels and my parameters.

When Sophia and Ava were little, we loved having devices like the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to keep them entertained in the car and on trips. Because of technology like the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, it’s now possible for families to continue the learning and play features for kids at home too.

Just like the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and two-year worry-free guarantee. If anything happens, we can return it and Amazon will replace it – no questions asked.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition PBS programming

Our new Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has great content, like movies, TV, games and more from ideal sources like PBS Kids.

Perfect Gifts for the Holidays

Since we know kids love new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition designed just for them, we’re sure these will make great gifts for the holidays. We’re Amazon Prime members, which makes ordering these gifts even easier. We could even be huge holiday shopping procrastinators (who, us?) and still order the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition right up until just days before Christmas. Amazon will even wrap them for us!

 

 

 

 


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Cutting the Cord on Cable: Buh Bye

Cutting the Cord on Cable: Buh Bye

For a very long time we’ve been talking about cutting the cord on cable at our house. Our Cox Cable bill was totaling $297 per month ($3,564 a year!) for a bundle of services that included cable TV, HBO, land line phone and internet. That’s a huge amount of money to shell out every month, and we knew we would benefit financially from cutting the cord on cable. And we did – our bill is now $65 per month.

We saved $2,784 a year by finding great alternatives – that’s a savings of $232 per month! Before you get too excited, know that you may still have to work with your local cable company as your Internet Service Provider. That is, until Google gets their cable laid anyway.

Apple TV 4 comes with SIRI

Apple TV comes with SIRI, and you can use voice commands to find a program you want to watch.

Still, we are really happy with where we ended up. We dropped our land line telephone service, since all four of us exclusively use our mobile phones anyway.

Cutting the Cord on Cable

Here’s how we did it:

  1. Apple TV 4K – The latest version of the Apple TV product has all the necessary HDR features for us to watch with the greatest picture clarity you we’ve ever seen. Plus the SIRI remote it comes with is so handy, and we can verbally ask it to find us a particular movie or show. LOVE. IT.
  2. Cable Modem – Buy a cable modem so you don’t have to rent it from your cable provider. We chose the Arris Surfboard with up to 10+ Gbps download speeds (that translates to really fast streaming).

    We purchased our own cable modem so we wouldn’t need to rent one from Cox.

  3. WIFI – Apple is discontinuing their AirPort product that previously delivered WIFI, which was just okay anyway. About a year ago, we switched to the EERO wifi router because it provides a consistently strong signal throughout our entire house. With 4-6 users at any one time, we hear wails of discontent if the wifi isn’t operating at top streaming functionality. EERO has consistently delivered.
    eero delivers wifi to every corner of our house

    The EERO system enables WIFI to reach every corner of our house equally – no dead zones!

  4. (Hint: Here’s a little test to see how fast your wifi really is. Type fast.com into your browser, and the screen that appears will show you the speed of information your ISP. Anything above 15 mbps is considered good. Our is 98 thanks to EERO).
  5. Content providers – We already had Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts, and hardly ever watched cable TV except for awards show, major breaking TV news and the Olympics. We also signed up for YouTube TV, which basically solves that problem.
    Apple TV provides high definition viewing

    Our Apple TV screen allows us a range of viewing choices, all in HDR.

  6. KODI – KODI TV is an open source entertainment hub, bringing you pretty much whatever you want to watch whenever you want to watch it.

NO CABLE AND SO HAPPY

Now we can all blissfully watch whatever we want! Well, Triton and I can – the girls have to earn their TV time with good attitudes, clean rooms and high grades. We’ll see how this goes…