Teens On Amazon: Parents, Here's How-To Approve, Block Purchases

Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

Parents are able to approve all orders or set preapproved spending limits per order, which would give teenage users a customized level of autonomy that can change as they grow. "We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents", said Michael Carr, Vice President, Amazon Households.

As things stand, shoppers must be 18 years of age or over to buy goods through Amazon, but moving forward the internet giant will allow 13 to 17-year-olds to get their own login credentials that are associated with their parents' Amazon account. The invitation will be sent to parents via text message or email. They can approve the purchase through text or their account. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget.

Looking at the bigger picture, the For Teens feature is another move by Amazon to bring younger, up-and-coming consumers into its ecosystem.

Setting up a teen account on Amazon requires input from the parent. The parent will choose a payment method and shipping addresses their teen can use when placing orders.

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For Amazon, getting teens to shop now could turn them into customers for the rest of their lives, said Brendan Witcher, an e-commerce industry analyst at Forrester.

Parents also have to go to amazon.com/forteens and click on the "Parents Start Here" option, then "Get Started Now" on the next page and log in to Prime.

Parents who have Amazon Prime will be allowed to share benefits with their teens, including Prime's two-day shipping, Prime Video and Twitch Prime.

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