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Let Your Teen Shop on Amazon (Without Going Nuts)

Let Your Teen Shop on Amazon (Without Going Nuts)”

"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way", Ellen Kinney, Amazon's director of Prime Student, said in a statement.

Amazon has introduced a new way for teenagers to shop on Amazon using a unique login.

Minors ages 13 through 17 will now be allowed to create their own login and independently shop on the Amazon app, instead of using their parents' account log in. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget. "We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents", said Michael Carr, Vice President, Amazon Households. Teens can also send an invitation to their parent through either SMS or email. If you'd rather just get the final cost out of the way, Prime Student is also available at $49 per year (this is, obviously, the cheaper way to go). Users have to fill out some information about their child, including their name, birthdate and phone number. The parent will choose a payment method and shipping addresses their teen can use when placing orders. Parents then approve or deny the order, though the system can be set to automatically approve orders if desired. Teens can also optionally attach a note, like "this is the book I need for class", Amazon says.

For parents, an email or text message is sent when the order is "placed" - that is, when the teen is ready to order, but the item isn't actually purchased yet. Amazon's default setting with this service is autoapproval of orders, but parents can individually approve them via text if they so prefer.

Amazon.com is now shifting its efforts to include a new demographic, teenager shoppers; who are now able to purchase items with permission from their parents. Amazon's new teen accounts offer a safe way for older kids to get started with online shopping - and hopefully, learn some shopping lessons so they don't max out their credit cards when they start shopping on their own.



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