Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Teens get their own Amazon accounts (if their parents let them)

Amazon is rolling out a service that lets parents and teens share an Amazon account Amazon is rolling out a service that lets parents and teens share an Amazon account
Nellie Chapman | 11 October, 2017, 19:24

When a teen finds something they wish to order, they can place the order on the Amazon App, and parents will receive a text or email showing the item, cost, shipping address and payment information.

On top of the usual perks of a Prime membership - including free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video's streamable movies and TV shows - the company says Prime Students will get access to special deals, or "coupons", through their subscription.

Reflecting how kids use the internet these days, the new shopping system only works through the Amazon mobile app.

The requests are sent via text or email, and include a message from the teen - for example: "please please buy this for me Mom!" - and parents can approve or reject it instantly.

Afterwards, the teen will log into the Amazon App using their own username and password. Parents will be allowed to approve all orders and set pre-approved spending limits per order.

Parents can approve or reject their teen's purchases. Parents receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item in accordance with Amazon's policies. "What we want to do is empower parents to have conversations around appropriate spending." he said.

In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, contending that the Seattle company made it too easy for kids to make small purchases without their parents' permission, particularly digital items bought in games downloaded from Amazon's Appstore. In the past, this is the money teens may have spent at the mall instead.

For the time being, however, the feature is more about letting teens shop a bit more independently.

Carr said Amazon didn't have reliable data on how many underage shoppers were already making purchases of physical goods on Amazon's retail site, or how often they ran into trouble for buying things they shouldn't have.