Side Street Style: Amazon Fire - The Perfect Tablet for Low Screen Families

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25/02/2018

Amazon Fire - The Perfect Tablet for Low Screen Families



I have mentioned many times on the blog that we are a pretty low screen family and while we do embrace technology when it comes to our kids its done in a very moderate and measured way. We aim for little to no screens Monday to Friday but we are somewhat more relaxed on the weekends allowing for a movie night or if it's pouring down and we have exhausted our creative outlets than some educational apps.

As a family we have always been passionate about getting outdoors and not being tempted to stay in to watch something although I do see the benefits of allowing some screen time but the idea of my 7yr old having access to the internet and user uploaded sites such as YouTube despite parental controls does make me break out into a sweat - so where is the middle ground when it comes to allowing your child some freedom as well as opportunities for online learning but still keeping them safe? Well we have been reviewing the Amazon Fire for Kids tablet and for the first time I feel that this tablet really does have parents in mind.


Amazon fire for kids


So what is different about the Amazon Fire for Kids? Well each child can have a profile and in my sons profile he has access to hundred of age appropriate apps and shows such as horrible histories and The Gruffalo but he doesn't have access to an internet browser, YouTube or the ability to purchase - this means he can still make choices, choices which have been carefully selected and I as the parent have piece of mind that he can't have anyone message him, spend money or be able to search for anything that may not be appropriate.

Other features that I like about this tablet is the easy to use time moderation where you can set how long they can use the tablet before it turns itself off. If you have children who have issues with giving their tablets up this is a good way to introduce time limits. In terms of durability this tablet has been designed for kids in mind as it comes in a kid-proof case as well as a 2yr worry free guarantee so if they break it Amazon replaces it.


Amazon fire tablet


So what we have decided for now is to keep tablets mainly for when we travel, which is fairly often and also for when we are eating out somewhere were we know the service will be longer than normal, this has worked really well for us as it means they have something to look forward too at times that it may become boring or we will be travelling for a few hours. This past week we took the sleeper train to Edinburgh as well as spent a night in Shrewsbury - a 3hr drive away. It was nice knowing that they had something to break the boredom that was safe and in many cased educational as well.

I was kindly invited by Mumsnet to try out the Amazon Fire For Kids tablet - words and thoughts 100% my own 

16 comments:

  1. Tablets are great for travel! In fact we find they are without doubt the best way to keeping the kids quiet when we go on journeys.

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    1. Yes they are great for travelling - the past week we went away on the sleeper train up to Scotland and they really helped as the journey was so long

      Laura x

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  2. We have one of these and we absolutely love it. It's the perfect functionality for kids plus it's also super reasonably priced too.

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  3. I've seen a lot about the Amazon Fire tablet for kids lately. It looks amazing and perfect for keeping little ones entertained on long journeys. I've slowly been caving in to the fact that with technology so ingrained into our lives, it is almost a necessity to introduce children to it earlier than my generation.

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    1. We held off for a fairly longtime - my eldest is 7 turning 8 this year and many of his friends had access to tablets much younger, I think just do what feels best for you. These are packed away during the week and mainly come out when we go away - so just use in moderation I say

      Laura x

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  4. We have a friend who has raved about Amazon fire. Our daughter uses our iPad but we've been thinking of getting a cheaper one for her. This might just be it!

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    1. They are great - personally I don't like the idea of my kids using an iPad simply because they have access to the internet and youtube etc - with this they don't actually have a browser just pre-selected educational apps and tv shows

      Laura x

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  5. We're the same and my girls don't have tablets, this was really interesting to read how you manage it with this amazon kids. I've been thinking my eldest needs to start using technology!

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    1. Yeah we held off on tablets for quite a long time - no rush I say just when the time is right for you. These are great for letting them play apps but not having "access" to the internet as there is no browser on the kids option and no access to social media, youtube, purchasing etc

      Laura x

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  6. we recently brought our children these and they love them, they had never had a tablet or anything before. I love how they are kid proof and we limit it to half an hour a day after tea x

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  7. We got one of these for Blake at the beginning of January. They are brilliant and I love the parental controls on it as I know my son is safe using it.

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  8. The girls love their kindles . Would be lost without them :)

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  9. I like that you have decided to use tablets for when you travel, I think that is a great way of reducing screen time!

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  10. It sounds like a great idea. My Daughter tablet broke but this sounds like a good idea so she is not on it for hours when she is suppose to be doing homework.

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  11. I think it is important to limit screen time especially in this day and age and this tablet seems lovely to use when traveling

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  12. The amazon fire has been so good that we have invested in a second one so they have one each

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