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Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot sounds like it’s going to be a great addition to the Echo lineup, but some parents and law makers are worried about it. They are concerned with protecting the privacy of the kids who use it. That’s because this Echo model is different from other models. It records conversations and interactions while encouraging kids to give their personal information. Information that you would normally get from a cell phone spy app


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Amazon Echo Dot

Privacy experts are concerned that it is training kids to be compliant to technology, and teaching them to give up their privacy. But how much of their concerns are justified? While this level of technology is considered amazing, you might wonder how it will effect children. Theres other tech items coming out like the red hydrogen one holographic phone

Privacy Concerns

As a parent I don’t have any privacy concerns about the Amazon Echo. I ordered one for each of my kids and I’m excited to get them. I think it will be useful for them to have one device that they can use to read, learn, and play with. And I like the fact that it’s interactive but isn’t a tablet so they don’t need to spend hours in front of a screen. It will help them learn to be more independent and amuse themselves.

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What I like best about the Amazon Echo Dot is that there are only certain features available for use. So my kids aren’t going to mistakenly order a ton of toilet paper or buy themselves 20 books by telling Alexa to order them. And I won’t have to worry about kids listening to music or hearing books that are too mature for them. This Echo has some great safety features and more kid friendly responses than the regular one. 

Recording Your Kids?

I don’t really like that the Echo makes recordings of my kids. But parents can go into the account and completely delete all recordings and all personal information. So when it comes to the Echo Dot, parents just need to take an active role in protecting the privacy of their kids and I don’t have a problem with that. Responsible parents should be monitoring these devices anyway. 

If your an actively involved parent, the new child friendly version of the Echo is a great tool. And it can be used an intercom which is fantastic. I’m so sick of screaming up to the second floor to get everyone to come downstairs for meals or family time. Being able to just tell them to come down through the Echo will be great. If you enjoyed this check out my last post about switching back to an older iPhone