"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. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget. "We've listened to families and have built a great experience for both teens and parents". The catch: parents will be notified of each purchase via text or email, and will, by default, have to approve or deny each one. "For teens who have a parent with a Prime membership, they can also access Prime benefits at no additional cost, including fast, free shipping, Prime Video and gaming benefits with Twitch Prime". Once a teen receives an invitation, they can create their own username and password.
Under Amazon's new program, teenagers can log into the site using their own credentials. Also, they can choose to skip the approval step all together and set pre-approved spending limits, offering teens full freedom. "This is a move that will get families deeper into Amazon, while also cultivating future Prime members".
The new accounts for teens on Amazon allow parents to control their teen's purchasing while still giving them access to their own benefits.
Finally, the parent can either approve or deny the order by text. Once the order is placed, parents can see an itemized invoice and are able to cancel and return items, according to Amazon.com's normal terms.
On this page, there's now a new option to add a teen, as well as configure the settings associated with their account.