Teens get their own Amazon accounts (if their parents let them)

Amazon now lets teenagers shop via separate logins attached to their parents' accounts

Amazon now lets teenagers shop via separate logins attached to their parents' accounts

The new program, launching Wednesday, allows up to four kids in a family, between the ages of 13 and 17, to browse the Amazon app on their mobile device, make purchases with a payment method chosen by their parents and have packages delivered to an address preselected by mom or dad. Then again, if you'd rather spend that money on cheap fast food you can always cancel your monthly subscription and mooch off your parents' Prime account over summer break.

"As a parent of a teen, I know how they crave independence, but at the same time, that has to be balanced with the convenience and trust that parents need", Michael Carr, vice president of Amazon Households, said in a statement. Teens can also send an invitation to their parent through either SMS or email.

With the holidays quickly approaching, Amazon is doing everything it can to get its Prime service in as many households as possible. Users have to fill out some information about their child, including their name, birthdate and phone number. Teens can also input a reason they need an item. When the parent reviews the activity, they can approve or deny the purchase with a simple reply to the automated message they receive.

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For parents who trust their kids won't go insane on orders, they can remove the approval step.

If parents want to give their teen more autonomy, they can skip the approval step altogether and just set spending limits. Teens will also have access to features like Prime Video and other "select" benefits typically associated with Amazon Prime (like Twitch Prime), meaning they're essentially getting a potential five-year trial run of their own full Prime account.

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