Amazon gives teens shopping independence

Adults can add up to four teenagers to their account, giving youngsters their own login information to buy stuff through the Amazon app. Parents can set spending limits, cancel orders and get notifications when something is bought. Despite it being not unreasonable, it's understandable that not every person can afford it. Students are typically among that category, but Amazon has announced new pricing for college kids. Teens may also access certain Prime benefits if their parents are a Prime member.

"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", said Michael Carr, vice president of Amazon Households, in a statement.

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Under Amazon's new program, teenagers can log into the site using their own credentials. Parents can review each item, its cost and the payment method being used before finalizing the transaction. 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. Parents are shown the item, how much it costs, and similar details, as well as any note about it the teen may have made. When they find something they want to buy, that item is sent to the parent for approval via text or email.

If parents want to give their teen more autonomy, they can skip the approval step altogether and just set spending limits. Signing up takes moments for both teens and parents. This means that a parent with a Prime account can share the benefits that come with it with their children.

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The new monthly program totals about $65 a year, but Amazon doesn't require a yearlong commitment.

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