How to set up parental controls on the Amazon Echo

How to set up parental controls on the Amazon Echo

Smart home technology is great, and a lot of us are putting smart home devices, such as the Amazon Echo, in our houses – whether that’s to control lights or TV, play music, and more. However, any new technology has the potential to risk exposing children to unsuitable content or features. Similar to keeping your child safe on a mobile phone, you might want to look at setting parental controls for your Amazon Echo.


Why should I set up parental controls on Amazon Echo?


The Amazon Echo can do more than just control lightbulbs or cooking timers. It can access the internet, answer questions with answers found on Google and run user-made apps. All of this could potentially let your children come across mature subjects that you might want them to avoid.


It’s also possible to order items on Amazon directly through the Amazon Echo. This means that your child could accidentally order and pay for items using your Amazon account.


Setting up parental controls can protect your child. It's similar to monitoring your child's phone use or setting up parental control apps on their iPhone or Android devices


What do I need to do to set up parental controls on Amazon Echo?


If you want to set up parental controls on the Amazon Echo, you will need to have access to your Amazon Alexa app on your mobile phone or other device including your laptop. It’s also good to have access to the Amazon Echo device in case you need to pair your app to the device.


If you want to set up automatic voice recognition for children, you will also need to set up Amazon Kids accounts for your children and teach the Amazon Echo to recognise your kids’ voices by using the calibration feature.


What restriction can I apply to Amazon Echo?


Amazon Echo parental controls let you set up a children's account with limitations on what your child can do. You can set a profanity filter to avoid the Amazon Echo saying anything that you would not want your child to hear. As well as this, you can turn off voice-only purchasing, meaning that your child cannot order items without you knowing.


How to set parental controls on Amazon Echo?


Setting up parental controls on the Amazon Echo is quite simple. Follow the steps below to set up parental controls on your Echo devices. It is worth noting that you likely need to turn on parental controls for each Echo device individually, but once you have set up an Amazon Kids account for your child, activating it on multiple devices should be relatively quick.


  1. Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Select ‘Devices’ from the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select ‘All Devices’.
  4. Check that all your Amazon Echo devices are listed. If not, pair these devices to your Alexa app using the on-screen prompts.
  5. Select the device that you want to add parental controls to.
  6. Select ‘Amazon Kids’.
  7. Tap the toggle to turn Amazon Kids on.
  8. Follow the prompts on your screen to create an Amazon Kids account for your child, with their name and date of birth.


Once you have created an Amazon Kids account, it will be remembered by the Alexa app. This means that when you turn on Amazon Kids on a new device, you can simply select the profile you have already set up. If you have multiple children and want to give them their own restrictions, you can set up multiple Amazon Kids accounts.


If you want to disable voice purchasing on your Amazon Echo device, follow these steps:


  1. Open your Alexa app
  2. Click ‘Settings’ in the left menu
  3.  Scroll down to Voice Purchasing
  4. Tap the toggle switch to turn off voice purchase options


If you want to turn on the profanity filter on an Amazon Echo, follow these steps:


  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Go to the settings menu
  3. Select ‘Music & Podcasts’
  4. Scroll to ‘Explicit Language Filter’ and switch this on.


Learn more about GoHenry’s parental controls


At GoHenry, we know how important it is to safeguard children. That’s why we offer parental controls to protect children using GoHenry services. You can decide where and how much kids can spend using their GoHenry prepaid debit card, and use your parent app to easily add or change the settings. You can also easily monitor spending and get notified when kids use their card, or if it is ever declined.


To help protect your child’s financial future, we also have in-app Money Missions. These fun videos and quizzes are set up by teachers and financial experts to teach your children about the basics of money. This includes saving, spending, budgeting, money safety, and more.



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Written by GoHenry Published Aug 15, 2022 ● 3 min. read