Toys are typically gendered specific. Pink for girls, blue for boys, slim blonde barbies for girls and macho action figures for boys. Dolls and figurines that were differently-sized, disabled or non-white were practically non-existent.

Amazon has released a new Fire Tablet for kids which offers unique parent controls and Echo Dot Kids, a kid-friendly smart speaker.

The UK Kids Edition Fire tablet comes with a child-proof case (in blue or pink) designed to survive bumps and scrapes. Amazon even says it will replace a broken case free of charge.

It has a 10.1-inch Full HD screen, 32GB of storage and ‘up to 10 hours of battery life’, which is more than enough to keep little ones distracted on a long car journey. A year of Amazon’s Fire for Kids Unlimited service is bundled in, which gives you access to thousands of age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps and curated websites.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition over in the US, Amazon is selling the Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa that you can employ as a ‘kid-friendly DJ, comedian and storyteller’.

A range of voice commands and parental controls set this version apart from the regular Echo Dot. It can play age-appropriate music, control compatible smart home devices and play games.

Amazon’s Parent Dashboard app gives you an overview of how the Echo Dot Kids Edition is being used. You can see a breakdown of the time spent on apps, with categories for Books, Videos, Apps and Web.

Reference:
Morgon, Tom "Tech for kids: New Amazon Fire tablet and Echo Dot arrive for parents", Technology News, Which Uk, 5th July 2018.

 

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