How to Set and Manage Parental Controls on Kindle

Amazon’s Kindle readers are a unique and sustainable way to read books. Furthermore, Amazon’s vast collection of books caters to people of all ages. Therefore, it is indeed a good idea to purchase books for your kids and get them to read them on your Kindle reader. And for an appropriate reading experience for your kid, you can set up parental controls on your Kindle reader.

Like all electronic devices, Kindle also connects to the internet to help you purchase and sync books. Further, it also has an inbuilt web browser. Hence, if your kid is using your Kindle to read books, there’s always a risk of those tiny little hands performing unintended changes on your device. Moreover, there’s still a risk of some inappropriate content popping up on the screen.

For all the above reasons, it is better to enable parental controls on your Kindle reader. But we’ll first answer some common questions that would pop up in any parent’s mind before giving their kid a Kindle.

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Are Kindle Readers Appropriate for Kids

A short answer to that question would be yes – a Kindle reader, with relevant parental controls is indeed appropriate for kids. There’s a huge collection of books for children on the Amazon Kindle store as well.

However, we’d not recommend using a Kindle for kids as their very first mode of reading. It’s better to introduce books that have colorful and thoughtful pages than an electronic device no matter how benefit-centric the option may be.

Supporting this opinion is also research conducted by the American Society of Pediatrics, which says that there was more interaction between parents and kids when kids were reading a physical book when compared to reading on an eBook reader. The research also states more psychological and cognitive benefits from reading physical books at aN early age.

Having said that, a Kindle may be more appropriate for children reading a plain text-only book at a later age, when they are also familiar with using an electronic device. Given the fact that Kindle uses E-Ink technology, you do not have to be worried about their eyes being strained.

So, when you are ready to hand a Kindle over to your kids, here are some of the parental controls that you can implement.

Set Parental Controls on Kindle

Here are some of the parental controls that you can set on your Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis reader.

Step 1: Tap anywhere on the screen and select the downward-facing arrow on the topmost section of the screen.

Step 2: Tap on all Settings.

Step 3: Tap on Parental Controls. Tap on Restrictions.

In this panel, you can enable or disable the following restrictions.

  • Access to the web browser.
  • Access to the store, preventing any accidental purchases and downloads on your Kindle reader.
  • Access to the cloud. This way, your kid can’t access any cloud services on the Kindle reader.
  • Access to Goodreads. This way, your kid can’t make any changes to your Goodreads profile.

The moment you try and enable a restriction, you will be asked to set a parental control password on your Kindle reader. This passcode can be used to make any changes within the parental controls menu.

Therefore, when these restrictions are enabled, your kid will not be able to access most of Kindle’s online services.

Note: To disable all or any parental controls on Kindle, simply follow the above steps and toggle off the necessary options. Enter the password when prompted.

Apart from adding these restrictions, you can also add a passcode to open your Kindle reader. Here’s how.

How to Add a Passcode to Kindle

You can further secure your Kindle reader by adding a device passcode. Therefore, no one can unlock and access your Kindle without entering the passcode.

Step 1: Tap anywhere on the screen and select the downward-facing arrow on the topmost section of the screen.

Step 2: Tap on all Settings.

Step 3: Tap on Device Options.

Step 4: Tap on Device Passcode.

Step 5: Set a passcode for your device.

Every time you turn on your Kindle, you will be asked to enter the passcode.

Use Amazon Kids + (Previously Amazon Freetime)

If you are a resident of the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Japan, Amazon has a dedicated service for kids called Amazon Kids+. On your Kindle reader, you can create a profile for kids, add all the books you want them to read, and even set a reading goal.

You can access Amazon Kids on your Kindle reader in Settings > Parental Controls.

That is everything you need to know on how to set parental controls on your Kindle reader. If you have any further questions, you can take a look at the FAQ section below.

FAQs on Parental Controls on Kindle Reader

1. How to change the parental control passcode on Kindle?

You can go to Settings -> Parental Controls -> Change Pin to change the passcode.

2. How to change the device passcode on Kindle?

You can go to Settings -> Device Options -> Device Passcode->Change Device Passcode.

3. I forgot my Kindle device/parental control password. What do I do?

Copy and paste ‘111222777’ as the passcode. This will erase and reset your Kindle.

Safe Kindle Reading For Your Kids

We hope this article helps you set up parental controls on your Kindle reader for your kids. However, if you’re also looking for a safe way to give your phone to kids – you can check out our article that helps you lock your phone’s touchscreen.

Last updated on 21 June, 2023

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