Alexa, Please Remind My Kids to Be Polite

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Amazon has launched a new voice assistant device - Echo Dot Kids Edition - for $79.99.

Amazon's hope is that the changes will get more parents to put Echo speakers in their children's bedrooms.

Amazon has a new Echo Dot smart speaker in store, designed specifically for kids. Simply add FreeTime to an existing or new Echo device to get started. "We can't wait for parents and kids to try this out", said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices and Services, in a statement. The Echo Dot Kids Edition features parental controls and a kid-friendly Alexa. The device is up for pre-order now at $79.99.

Amazon is introducing a new feature which aims to encourage children to talk to Alexa politely.

Parent Dashboard allows parents to see their kid's FreeTime on Alexa activity, plus review their voice recordings in the Alexa app.

The new politeness feature, which Amazon is calling "Magic Word", will cause Alexa to say "Thanks for asking so nicely", when a child adds "please" to the end of a command.

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It has also educational advantages - kids can ask Alexa questions about science, math, spelling, definitions and other educational remarks.

"Now Alexa is a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller - and she's always getting smarter", touts Amazon.

Alexa has age-appropriate suggestions at the ready, all kids have to say is, "Alexa, I'm bored". But for some it is not easy to escalate smart devices and that is the reason why story about Echo data being handed over in a murder case captivates so many people.

Amazon is also throwing in a free year of FreeTime Unlimited, which normally costs $2.99, granting access to more than 300 kid-friendly TV shows, Audible books, ad-free radio stations, playlists, and more.

Kids will enjoy hours of entertaining and educational Audible books performed by some of their favorite characters and authors such as Peter Pan, Rip Van Winkle and more.


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