Amazon Launches New Echo Dot for Kids

Posted on June 12, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon with 5 Comments

Amazon is launching a brand-new Echo Dot Kids Edition today. The company’s new Echo Dot for kids is based on the third-generation Echo Dot, which comes with an improved design and speaker.

The new Echo Dots Kids Edition is therefore 70% louder than last year’s model. It’s also covered in a cloth covering like the third-gen Echo Dot, instead of having the classic plastic body. Amazon is now offering the new Echo Dots Kids Edition in two new colors: Rainbow, and Frost Blue.

Amazon says it enlisted the Family Online Safety Institute to build the FreeTime experience, and that it complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Amazon is including a year of its FreeTime service, which gives users access to lots of entertainment and other content for kids. Parents will also be able to set limits, review activity on the device, set age limits, and filter out specific content to keep their kids safe.

The company is also including an interesting feature that lets them build their own Alexa Skill from a set of pre-made templates. The new Echo Dots Kids edition is available for $69.99, but Amazon is offering a 20% discount and you can get it for only $49.99 if you pre-order.

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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Amazon Launches New Echo Dot for Kids”

  1. nyghtfall

    One more reason why I'm proud to be child-free by choice...

  2. nbplopes

    Track them while their young, a friend forever

  3. gregsedwards

    So, it's basically a 3rd gen Dot with a year of FreeTime included.

    Honestly, you can do this with any existing Dot by enabling FreeTime on the device in settings. Of course, FreeTime is $6.99/mo for the household, so I suppose you're saving a bit by bundling it with your new Kid Dot.

  4. David Berk

    What a great idea, harvest a kid’s data from birth to death

  5. jgraebner

    Amazon has the weirdest gap in their family features. Currently, they have FreeTime available for kids 12 and under, but require someone to be 18 or older to get a regular Amazon account. Basically, the Echo and other Amazon devices (such as the Fire tablets) are mostly unusable for teenagers age 13-17.