Teens On Amazon: Parents, Here's How-To Approve, Block Purchases

Otis Hoffman
October 14, 2017

Teens can also input a reason they need an item. This means that a parent with a Prime account can share the benefits that come with it with their children. This lets parents review any purchases made and the payment type used before finalising the transaction.

Amazon has announced a new service that will open up its gargantuan ecommerce platform to millions more teenagers. Parents are able to select which payment methods and shipping addresses they'd like their teens to have access to and will receive an automated request for approval whenever a purchase is attempted.

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When teens download the Amazon app and use a separate account, they can choose the products they want, then click "Place Your Order". Teens can shop via the Amazon app (for Android and iOS), and whenever they buy something you'll get a text or email listing the item, cost and a personal note (if your teen leaves one). Teens can also be assigned pre-set spending limits per order as an alternative to having orders reviewed.

The next step for Amazon would be to make it easier for teens to use this cash, perhaps by configuring a digital allowance parents can dole out to teens' accounts.

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The new service, available using Amazon's app, is an attempt to give teens a bit more autonomy, the company said. To get started, parents can visit amazon.com/forteens or sign up via a text or email invitation from their teens. Amazon's default setting with this service is autoapproval of orders, but parents can individually approve them via text if they so prefer. The convenience and the access to Prime perks like free two-day shipping, streaming content, Twitch Prime gaming deals and photo storage is a relative bargain for students, whose parents have to pony up $99 each year for the same benefits. "Parents receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item in accordance with Amazon's policies".

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