Whether you bought a Fire tablet just for your child to use, or you want to be able to hand your own Fire to your child once in a while, a Child Profile is essential for keeping kids away from your media, apps, and settings.
It’s also great for sharing select media with a child, or sharing one Kindle Fire with multiple children of different ages. Creating a Child Profile is easy and can be done in just a minute or two. Once the profile is set up, if you want to, you can go deeper into the settings and get very specific.
- Swipe down from the top of the Fire’s screen and press Settings. Scroll down to the “Personal” section and press Profiles & Family Library. Press Add a child profile. Note that if you don’t already have a lockscreen passcode set up for your profile, you will be prompted to set one up. This is to prevent your child from accessing your account and settings.
- Enter the child’s first name where prompted, then choose a gender and birthdate. Press Choose a profile picture if you would like to do that at this time. Choose either Use Amazon FreeTime or Use Teen Profiles – the Fire will preselect one for you based on the child’s birth date, but you can change it. (Teen Profiles have a less child-like look, but you will still have access to the same settings.) Press Add Profile.
- You will then be taken to a screen that lets you add content from your own collection to that profile. The first tab is labeled Kid Friendly. This is the Amazon content you already own that is designated as appropriate for children. You can click on Add All Kids’ Titles or click on individual titles and press Done. You can also click on the other tabs (Books, Videos, and Games & Apps) and choose individual titles. Titles with a check mark will be accessible from the child’s profile. Make sure you press Done after making any changes that you want to save.
- The child profile is now ready to be used, or you can change other settings. As a default when creating a new profile, in-app purchasing and web browsing will be set to off, and access to the camera and photo gallery will be set to on.
The rest of the settings can be accessed from the child’s profile settings screen. Swipe down from the top of the Kindle Fire’s home screen and press Settings. Scroll down to the Personal section and press Profiles & Family Library. Press the profile that you’d like to manage to access the following settings. Note that if you are already in the child’s profile, swiping down and pressing Settings will get you to that profile’s passcode-protected settings screen – you do not need to go back to your own profile.
- Press Set Daily Goals & Time Limits (if Daily Goals & Time Limits is set to off, move slider to the right to turn on). Select either Weekdays or Weekends. Set a Bedtime for the profile to turn off at night and turn on again in the morning. The profile will not be usable outside of these times. Set Education Goals for your child to meet each day. If you check the Learn First box, your child will not be able to access other content on the Fire until these goals are met. For the purpose of these goals, Amazon labels individual videos, apps, and games as either “educational” or “entertainment.” All books are labeled as “educational,” and all web browsing is labeled as “entertainment.”
- Set screen time by either Total Screen Time or Time by Activity. If you don’t want to set a screen time limit, choose Total Screen Time and drag the slider all the way to the right, until it says “Unlimited.” Note that the Total Screen Time or time for individual activities must be at least as long as the Education Goals have been set.
- Press Manage Storage to see how much storage is free on your device. If you’re running low on storage, press Archive Now to free up space. To see what is available for archiving, press View Contents. To see how your storage is being used, press either Internal Storage or (if you have one installed) the SD card.
Manage your Child’s Content
- Press Smart Filters (if Smart Filters is set to off, move slider to the right to turn on). When you turn on Smart Filters you use Amazon’s age ratings to determine what FreeTime Unlimited content and websites your child has access to. (These filters do not affect titles that you’ve added to your child’s profile from your own library.) Move the left and right sides of the filter slider to highlight the ages of the content you would like included on the child’s profile. As you move the slider you can see examples of appropriate titles under the slider.
- Press Add Content and choose the tab of the content you would like to add (Kid Friendly, Books, Videos, Games & Apps). If you have enabled the web browser there will be addition choices that will be discussed in the Web Settings section below. For Books, Videos, or Games & Apps, press each title to toggle the check mark – titles with a check mark will be included in the child’s profile. Press Done to save any changes.
- If you would like to remove content, press Remove Content and choose which category of content you would like to remove. Unwanted FreeTime Unlimited items can be removed by searching for individual titles that you want to block, or by browsing through all available items (there is a dropdown to enable browsing by Books, Videos, or Apps, or to see a list of blocked content). Pressing an individual title will block it (there will be a lock icon in front of it), and pressing it again will make it available to the child’s profile (no lock icon).
- To remove Books, Videos, or Games & Apps that you have added from your own collection, choose that category from Remove Content and press each title to toggle the check mark – titles without a check mark will not be included in the child’s profile. Press Done to save any changes.
- If you have enabled the Web Browser you can choose either Remove Websites You’ve Added or Remove Videos You’ve Added From The Web and press the trash icon to the right of an item to remove it.
- If you would like your child to be able to make in-app purchases, move the slider to the right next to Enable In-App Purchasing. Even with this setting turned on, your child will still need the Amazon account’s password in order to make an in-app purchase. If you do not already have 1-click Ordering set up on your Amazon account, you will be prompted to do so.
If you have a FreeTime Unlimited subscription, you can choose which child profiles have access to the content. Press Manage Your Subscription, check the boxes for the child profiles that you would like to have access to the FreeTime Unlimited content, and press Save.
- To enable the FreeTime Browser move the slider next to Enable Web Browser to the right.
- To manage what websites are allowed press Limit Web Content, which will bring you to the “Manage Web Content” Settings tab. Enable Pre-Approved Web Content by moving the slider to the right. This will allow your child to access age-appropriate websites on the FreeTime browser, based on the age range you chose in Smart Filters (if Smart Filters are off, your child will have access to all FreeTime content regardless of age). Note that if you turn off Amazon Curated Content for the web browser, the only websites available will be ones that you’ve specifically whitelisted. You can also enable cookies by moving the slider to the right. Cookies are small bits of data that are stored on your device. They can keep a user logged onto a site and remember other preferences. Some websites won’t work properly without them.
- To add individual Websites or Web Videos (YouTube) to your child’s profile, press the Websites or Web Videos tab, then press the plus sign in the top right corner. Search for individual sites or videos and press either “Allow” or “Block.” Note that it can take 20 or 30 seconds of a video playing before “Allow” or “Block” will appear.
- Press View Your Child’s Web History to see a complete list of every website and video your child visited or attempted to visit. (If “History has not been synchronized” is displayed, press the circular arrows to the right.) Press either the Visited tab or the Attempted tab, and then press Review to check out the website in question; while there you can choose to Allow or Block it.
Move the slider to the right next to Enable Camera & Photo Gallery to allow your child access to the camera. To change the Prime Photos storage settings, press Auto-Save Settings for Photos & Videos, then check the box next to each child’s profile whose camera images you would like to automatically save to the cloud.
Manage Child Profile
Press Edit Child Profile to change the basic settings from the first steps of setting up a Child Profile. You can change the name, gender, birthday, and profile picture, or switch profile type (FreeTime or Teen). Press Remove Child Profile ONLY if you want to completely remove a child from the Fire.
If you would like to temporarily hide a child’s profile from the lock screen (meaning that the child will not be able to use the profile), move the slider to the left next to Show Profile on Lock Screen. You will still be to see the child’s profile in the settings, and can turn the profile back on at any time. Pressing Enable Child’s Lock Screen Password will allow you to set up a PIN or Password for a child’s profile. This can be useful if more than one child shares a Fire and you don’t want them to be able to access each other’s profiles. Enter the PIN or Password, enter it again to confirm, and press Finish.