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This guide has been prepared to show you some important settings to make sure your Amazon Alexa Echo device is set-up appropriately for households with children or where children could be present. The guide covers all the Amazon Alexa Echo Speaker and Show devices, those with a screen and those with just a speaker.
This guide focusses on aspects such as preventing shopping purchases, whether or not to allow skills aimed at children and how to filter inappropriate music.
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You can alter the purchasing settings for your account using the Alexa app or the Alexa web console.
Here are the steps to follow using the Alexa app:
NOTE: Voice purchasing is enabled by default when you register your Alexa Device, so it is worth checking this setting if you have children about or you are worried about it.
NOTE: Voice purchasing requires you to have the 1-Click payment method set up in your Amazon account.
There is also an option to enable or disable voice purchasing in Kids Skills. Kids Skill are apps specifically designed for and suitable for children. Skills are accessed by voice using a specific command, i.e. “Alexa open Christmas Countdown”. While many skills are free, they can sometimes also include in-app purchases that you may wish to be able to have control over.
The default setting for voice purchasing in Kids Skills is Disabled. If you enable voice purchasing in Kids Skills you will then have the option to enable or disable the Purchases Require Approval option. If you enable this setting, it sends a text message to the mobile phone registered to the Amazon account to allow you to review and approve or reject any attempted voice purchase made in Kid Skills.
Here are the steps to follow using the Alexa web console:
NOTE: The option to enable or disable voice purchasing in Kids Skills is not available using the web console at this time. This can be managed using the app on a mobile phone or tablet device.
Kid Skills are Alexa skills which have been identified by the developer as directed at children.
NOTE: Kid skills are turned off by default.
Here are the steps to enable or disable Kid Skills using the Alexa app:
Here are the steps to enable or disable Kid Skills using the Alexa web console:
When you enable the music Profanity filter any music services which have the ability to filter will block explicit songs from being played on your Alexa devices.
NOTE: Some music services may not be playable when Profanity Filter is on. AM/FM radio stations will still be available.
Here are the steps to enable or disable the Profanity Filter using the Alexa app:
Here are the steps to enable or disable the Profanity Filter using the Alexa web console:
For further tips on using Amazon Alexa and helping you to get familiar with the features we’ve also prepared a Quick Tips guide.
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