Amazon Debuts (Parent-Controlled) Shopping Accounts for Teens

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As things stand, shoppers must be 18 years of age or over to buy goods through Amazon, but moving forward the internet giant will allow 13 to 17-year-olds to get their own login credentials that are associated with their parents' Amazon account. You can review the item, cost, shipping address, and payment information. That means teens can order from over 50 million items that ship for free in two days, and they can take advantage of other Prime benefits like Prime Video and the gaming perks with Twitch Prime. Your teen can also include a personal note like "I need this book for class". From there, the teenager is free to create their own username and password and then use that to log into the Amazon App.

In addition to all the normal benefits of Prime, Prime Students also get access to special deals and coupons as part of their subscription. Their parents, meanwhile, can approve their purchases by text message or set spending limits per order.

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.

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Amazon launched Households in 2015 in order to install more control over the ways people were sharing their Prime accounts with friends and family, and this is an evolution of that move.

Amazon notifies parents by text or email of any purchase their child as made. If there's a mistake in ordering, parents will be able to cancel and return any item as long as it meets Amazon's policies. "We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents", Michael Carr, vice president, Amazon Households said in a statement.

Setting up a teen account on Amazon requires input from the parent. The parent will need to setup the shipping address and payment method, after which point an invitation is sent back to the teen.

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