Let Your Teen Shop on Amazon (Without Going Nuts)

Let Your Teen Shop on Amazon (Without Going Nuts)

With this linked account, teens have the independence to browse and buy on their own - the shopping experience is just like having a standard Amazon account - while you review their purchases.

When a teen finds something they wish to order, they can place the order on the Amazon App, and parents will receive a text or email showing the item, cost, shipping address and payment information.

The new Prime Student plan grants subscribers the same benefits as your normal Amazon Prime subscription, but will cost students a more manageable $5.49 per month-or $49 per year-after a six month free trial. Teens can also optionally attach a note, like "this is the book I need for class", Amazon says.

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.

Reflecting how kids use the internet these days, the new shopping system only works through the Amazon mobile app.

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Pre-approving orders is done alongside establishing a spending limit, meaning that while the teen can order anything they want, they can only do such up to a certain price before the ability is taken away.

"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way", Ellen Kinney, Amazon's director of Prime Student, said in a statement. To get started, parents can visit amazon.com/forteens.

The next step for Amazon would be to make it easier for teens to use this cash, perhaps by configuring a digital allowance parents can dole out to teens' accounts. "Parents receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item in accordance with Amazon's policies". This means that a parent with a Prime account can share the benefits that come with it with their children.

Setting up a teen account on Amazon requires input from the parent.

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