#WebExtra: Amazon Offers Account for Teens

Posted October 13, 2017

Indeed, parents can elect to receive a text or email that shows the cost of an item and shipping address, while the kid can add a personalized plea to win approval, such as: "I need this new shirt for church".

Amazon launched Households in 2015 in order to install more control over the ways people were sharing their Prime accounts with friends and family, and this is an evolution of that move.

"As a parent of a teen, I know how they crave independence, but at the same time that has to be balanced with the convenience and trust that parents need". The For Teens login is only made possible if the parent agrees, and parents ultimately retain the power over their teen's shopping habits, including settings spending limits and having the ability to deny an order.

Parents who aren't pleased with their child's purchase have up to 30 minutes to cancel an order, according to an Amazon spokeswoman. The accounts will allow them to search and shop for items, but there are some restrictions so that parents don't have to worry about their bank accounts.

Parents can sign up to either pre-approve each order via text or email (the default), set a spending limit for each order or to automatically approve all purchases. Teens get greater freedom and parents still get itemized notifications of orders.

The new monthly program totals about $65 a year, but Amazon doesn't require a yearlong commitment.

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. But if they do pay for Prime, teens will also get access to free shipping, streaming video and Prime's other perks.