How To Setup Fire Tablet Parental Controls
Amazon’s Fire tablet is a popular device that runs on its own Android-related operating system called Fire OS. You can use the Fire tablet for surfing the internet, online shopping, games, using apps, or streaming videos. But some of those activities might be inappropriate for children.
Enter the Fire HD Kids tablet made specifically for children. It has useful parental controls to protect children from accessing harmful content. This article will guide you through how to activate parental controls, so you can take an active role in ensuring your children’s online safety while using these devices.
There are also other reasons to make use of these parental controls such as:
- Making sure your child doesn’t make an accidental purchase
- Curving data usage
- Protecting your child from cyberbullying
- Bad distractions
- Inappropriate or adult content
How Do These Controls Work?
Parental controls on the Fire Tablet will prevent your children from accessing full features without a password. They won’t be able to download apps or have complete access to the internet. Parental controls can also be used to hide profile information on children who are 13 years or older. If your child is younger than 13, you’ll need to create a profile for your child for the Fire Tablet to be child friendly.
Creating a child’s profile gives you access to settings with a wide range of useful features to manage their tablet engagement. When you have activated your Fire Tablet’s parental controls, you can prevent your children from performing the following:
- Accessing services that are location-based
- Using the Fire Tablet camera
- Altering the Wi-Fi connection
- Accessing certain content like games, music, books, or apps
- Viewing certain Prime Video titles
- Browsing the internet
- Buying anything from the Amazon store or app
- Accessing calendar, email, or contact apps
- Downloading content
- Changing settings
It’s important to note that even if parental controls are activated, mature content stored on the device such as books, apps, music, or games, won’t be removed.
How to Enable Parental Controls
To control what your children have access to, and make the best use of these excellent features, you’ll need to enable the parental controls of your Amazon Fire Tablet by doing the following:
- To see the “Quick Settings,” you must swipe down twice from the screen top.
- Click on the “Settings” icon.
- Click on “Parental Controls.” You will see that your password for your parental controls is different from the password for your lock screen.
- Set Parent Controls password and Click on “Finish.” You will see an icon at the top of the screen that shows that parental controls are now enabled.
If ever you forget the password for your parental controls, you’ll have to reset the device to factory defaults to regain full access.
Performing a Factory Reset on Your Fire Tablet
Performing a factory reset on your Fire Tablet will remove any in-app purchases, downloaded content, or errors and return the tablet to the initial factory settings.
To perform a factory reset on the Fire Tablet, do the following:
- Eject any expandable storage safely.
- Click on “Settings.”
- Click on “Device Option.s”
- Click on “Reset to Factory Defaults.”
If after doing the above you find that your tablet is malfunctioning, launch the “Recovery Mode.” To do this you must switch off the tablet, then press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Once a factory reset has been completed, you’ll find that your device is no longer registered with your Amazon account, and you will need to re-register.
Create a Child Profile on Your Fire Tablet With Amazon FreeTime
Amazon FreeTime gives you access to a huge selection of specifically child-friendly content, which includes apps, books, and videos. You can grant them access only to content within the age range that you choose.
Because your child could still access content that is intended for mature users in the Amazon Store (including games, apps, or music) even after you’ve enabled the parental controls on your Fire Tablet, you’ll need to make a child profile with Amazon FreeTime to restrict this content. To do this:
- Open “Settings.”
- Click on “Profile & Family Library.”
- Click on “Add Child,” choose “Tap to set photo,” and upload a profile pic of your child.
- Input your child’s birthday, name, and gender, and click on “Continue.”
- Click on “Add Profile” and choose all the content you want your child to be able to access on their profile.
How to Set Up a Curfew to Limit Your Child’s Time on Your Tablet
Children can spend all day on a device such as a tablet if they’re not monitored and restricted. The Fire tablet has a cool feature that helps you to manage the time your child spends on the device. You can find this setting in the Parental Control screen and under Restricted Content. Here’s how you can set a curfew:
- Swipe down and click on “Settings,” then “Parental Controls.”
- Find the option “Set a Curfew,” then toggle the switch to activate it.
- Once it’s been turned on, click on “Curfew Schedule” and choose the days and times for which you want to set the curfews.
Monitor Your Children’s Fire Tablet Usage
You may want to keep track of how your child is using their Fire Tablet, the length of time they’re using it, and what content, books, or apps they have had access to. Here’s how to monitor their usage:
- Click on the switch next to “Monitor This Profile.”
- Once you have this switched on, you’ll see a “Parent and Child Icon” on your screen.
- You can check out the usage information by going into the “Activity Centre” under the “Your Devices” tab in the “Manage Your Content and Devices” section.
Easy Steps to Protect Your Child and Control Their Screen Time
You never want your children to see anything that could negatively impact them. But when their usage of devices with access to the internet is unmonitored or unrestricted, they can be exposed to adult content.
If you want your child to be able to use the Fire tablet without you needing to watch over their shoulders, these great parental controls and features can give you peace of mind and protect them from harm even if you’re not there.
Another excellent service you can make use of to control your child’s online activity with their Fire tablet is the Amazon Kids+ service. This service helps parents enable specific controls including purchase approval settings, filtering content, and setting usage time limits. It also has access to lots of educational apps, games, TV shows, and books that have been deemed suitable for children of different age groups, primarily children from 3-12 years old. And when you purchase a Kids Edition Fire Tablet, you’ll receive the first year free of Amazon Kids+.
Do you think these parental controls can help prevent your children from restricted internet content? Are there any other useful parental controls we left out? Let us know in the comments below.