Child-proofing The Kindle Fire

Kid Playing with Kindle Fire

One of the great features of the Kindle Fire is that it's fully-integrated with Amazon.com's one-click payment system. Buying e-books, streaming movies, magazine or newspaper subscriptions, apps, or anything else on Amazon is just a convenient one-click process. That's nice, until your kids get their hands on it and goes on shopping spree in the appstore.

Here are two things I did with my Kindle Fire before handing it to my kids:

1. DELETED PAYMENT METHOD ON THE AMAZON'S WEBSITE
I deleted my payment method on the website. Don't bother looking for it in the Kindle Fire; you won't find options for it. On Amazon.com, you can turn off the one-click feature for everything except apps, which makes this whole set of options pointless because your kids can still buy apps. As of now, the only way to protect yourself from unintended purchases is to just delete your payment info on the website.

Now, if you want to buy anything with your Kindle Fire, you'll have to re-enter your payment info and re-enable one-click online. It's not ideal, but there's currently no parental controls on the device. Here's an opening for a developer to create an app for it.

2. TURN OFF WIFI WHEN IT'S NOT IN USE
The next thing I did and continue to do is turn off wifi whenever I'm not using it. Wifi emits radiation, and although the wireless carriers tell us the amount is harmless, a recent study showed that kids' brains are more affected by it. Just to be safe, I turn it off when it's not being used. This has the added benefit of saving battery too.

SENH'S LATEST BLOG ENTRIES
  • Finally Upgraded Sites to Use New Hardware from Linode Cloud: SSDs, Double RAM, Faster CPUsFinally Upgraded Sites to Use New Hardware from Linode Cloud: SSDs, Double RAM, Faster CPUs
    Around April, my VPS provider Linode announced that they’ve just finished a major $45M upgrade to their hardware and network, which means free upgrades for their existing users. The new hardware uses SSD RAID drives and faster CPUs. I hadn’t bothered because Wopular and Movies With Butter have been relatively stable. More
  • The Identical Look of Firefox and Chrome Caused Site ShutdownThe Identical Look of Firefox and Chrome Caused Site Shutdown
    In my previous article, I mention how the latest version of Firefox has a nearly identical look to Google’s Chrome web browser. When I’m working on new features for my sites, I use Firefox for testing and Chrome to see what the results look like to the users. I knew one of these days, because both browsers look the same now, I would confuse one for the other and put up untested programming code that would cause havoc on my sites. More
  • Firefox 29: Looks Just Like Chrome NowFirefox 29: Looks Just Like Chrome Now
    I just upgraded to Firefox 29, the latest version. Well, it’s more like it upgraded itself. Although I like the newer cleaner look, it’s harder and harder to tell the difference between it and Chrome, except the latter is still seemingly snappier. Firefox 29 has buttons at the top left for both bookmarking and access to the bookmark list. More
  • Link Removal Part II: I'm Still Not Removing Your Link, But ...Link Removal Part II: I'm Still Not Removing Your Link, But ...
    About a year ago, I wrote about getting daily requests/demands/threats to remove links to random sites on Wopular. I didn’t add those external links myself. They’re all done automatically through RSS feeds. If another site’s content is related to a headline on Wopular, then a link to it is generated. More
  • Moved SimplePie File Caching to DatabaseMoved SimplePie File Caching to Database
    A while back, My ISP told me my backups took half a day to complete, which is too long. If anything goes wrong during that period, the process would have to start all over again, which happened quite often. The customer rep told me that my server had too many files, and even though they didn’t take up much disk space when added up, the process of copying each one of them takes a lot of time. More
SENH'S RELATED BLOG ENTRIES
  • What To Do After Your Toddler Poured Water onto Your LaptopWhat To Do After Your Toddler Poured Water onto Your Laptop
    My 2-year-old and her cousin thought my laptop needed some cleaning while I stepped out to run an errand. The door to my home office was closed, but not locked. When I got back, I was told that my nephew was pouring water with a small bucket onto my less-than-a-year-old ASUS Zenbook while my daughter did the wiping with a towel. When my mom discovered what had happened, she immediately wiped as much of the water off the laptop as she could. More
  • I Bought A Kindle FireI Bought A Kindle Fire
    I have no use for it myself. I'm already running Android on my HD2, which has a 4.3" screen. Getting a tablet for my use seems redundant to me. More
  • Got the Galaxy Note 2Got the Galaxy Note 2
    Ever since Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note, I was already interested. It has a 5.3” screen and a pressure-sensitive stylus. Because I use my phone mostly for web browsing, the larger screen allows me to see more of a website without zooming in and out. More
  • We Can Finally Run Office and Photoshop on a Tablet with Microsoft's SurfaceWe Can Finally Run Office and Photoshop on a Tablet with Microsoft's Surface
    Yesterday, Microsoft showed off their tablet computer Surface. According to the New York Times, it “has the same weight and thickness as an iPad, with a 10.6-inch screen.” According to PC Magazine, it weighs 1.49 pounds, which is about the same as Apple’s iPad. More
  • ASUS Zenbook: How to Disable PowerWiz Gadget from Booting Up on Startup ASUS Zenbook: How to Disable PowerWiz Gadget from Booting Up on Startup
    I’ve had the ASUS Zenbook for a couple months now. One of the most annoying things to me was all these gadgets that came with the laptop. They appear on the desktop. I don’t know about you, but I like my desktop free of stuff. More

 

Comment On This Story

Welcome to Wopular!

Welcome to Wopular

Wopular is an online newspaper rack, giving you a summary view of the top headlines from the top news sites.

Senh Duong (Founder)
Wopular, MWB, RottenTomatoes

Subscribe to Wopular's RSS Fan Wopular on Facebook Follow Wopular on Twitter Follow Wopular on Google Plus

MoviesWithButter : Our Sister Site

More News