Amazon Releases Special Kids Version of Alexa

We have long been familiar with the use of assistant software – Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa for adults; it’s high time now
that kids get one of their own.

Amazon’s Alexa comes to kids’ aid as it is going to launch its kids-friendly version on May 9th. The Echo Dot Kids Edition technically called “Free Time for kids” is going to cost $79.90.

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These dots available in green, blue and red will make kids between the age of 5 and 12 familiar with the use of the assistant software. This will keep a track of children’s activities so that parents can easily monitor what their children have been up to. It’s a blessing for parents having trouble in inculcating manners in their children as it encourages polite behaviour by masking kids say words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Moreover, kid’s version of Alexa prevents kids from accidental shopping as it won’t place orders in the kids’ voice, hence saving their parents’ credit cards. It has a nice alarm system too and kids will find it more fun to be awoken by SpongeBob SquarePants rather than the stern voices of their parents.

Here’s a list of what else makes Alexa’s kid’s version a must have for kids:

  • Direct access to more than 300 audiobooks on Audible
  • A filter providing kids only child-friendly lyrics
  • Listening to family radio stations on iHeart radio
  • Trivia games from Disney and National Geographic
  • Works as a home intercom
  • Parents Dashboard enabling parents to monitor their kids
  • Child-friendly questions and answers
  • Time limit discouraging kids’ prolonged activity on Alexa

Where do you stand on the issue? Are we preparing kids for the modern technological world in the right way, or are we exposing them to too much tech too early on?

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