Amazon Lets Teens Shop on Their Own

Amazon now lets teens shop with their own account, but with parental approval

Though some have raised concerns over the move, saying that this will allow Amazon to collect data from teenager users, as well as giving teenager such easy access to a parent's credit card. You can review the item, cost, shipping address, and payment information. Teens will also have access to features like Prime Video and other "select" benefits typically associated with Amazon Prime (like Twitch Prime), meaning they're essentially getting a potential five-year trial run of their own full Prime account. "Amazon is offering a great solution for teens to shop with their own login", said FOSI Founder and CEO Stephen Balkam. Once approved, teens can create a username and password to start ordering in their own separately downloaded app. Teens can shop via the Amazon app (for Android and iOS), and whenever they buy something you'll get a text or email listing the item, cost and a personal note (if your teen leaves one).

If you place a bit more trust in your kids (or if you simply don't want to constantly approve or deny purchases), you can scrap the approval system altogether and opt instead to set specific spending limits. When they find something they want to buy, that item is sent to the parent for approval via text or email.

"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way", Ellen Kinney, Amazon's director of Prime Student, said in a statement. However, teens won't be completely free to do as they please, since parents will be alerted about purchases and will have to approve transactions. To get started, parents can visit amazon.com/forteens.


Setting up a teen account on Amazon requires input from the parent.

In addition, it gives Amazon a way to addict a whole new crop of shoppers to its larger Prime platform, which is made available to teens through the service, if parents are Prime members.

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