Amazon Introduces Echo Dot Kids Edition Smart Speaker

Amazon is putting its Alexa virtual assistant into another new Echo product — and this one’s aimed at a younger set.

Echo Dot Kids Edition ($80) is the newest smart speaker from Amazon, and another way for the company to get its Alexa assistant into more homes, and more rooms.

The youthful Echo Dot comes with built-in parental controls and a “kid-friendly case” which comes in blue, red, or green. Echo Dot Kids Edition is also said to be a “kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller,” and it will respond with a younger audience in mind. (This includes automatically filtering out explicit songs from Amazon Music.)

The new Dot comes with a full year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a service which offers “unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games.”

Amazon also says its “worry-free guarantee” will replace any broken Echo Dot Kids Edition after the first two years of purchase.

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Parents can control and monitor their kids’ activity with the new Echo Dot through the online Amazon Parental Dashboard, which shows the apps and skills their children are using, and for how long. Voice shopping is also turned off to “prevent unexpected purchases,” and we would have been surprised if a feature like that wasn’t included.

Kids, Concerns

It’s worth noting that Echo Dot Kids Edition comes at a premium — it costs $30 more than an Echo Dot, so there has to be a genuine interest in your kid having their own dedicated Echo device.

Though the features do indeed seem well-considered, the general questions surrounding all Alexa-enabled devices — and what happens to the voice data given to Amazon — remain.

It all comes down to your comfort level with the products, and your desire to have another Alexa-enabled device in your home — a device geared specifically toward children. The Echo Dot Kids Edition comes out May 9.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like and along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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