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Amazon's new kid-friendly Echo Dot comes with parental controls

Posted at 7:57 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 10:57:17-04

Alexa is making her way to the playroom, but hopefully she doesn't end up in the toy box. 

Amazon now has a kid-friendly version of its Echo Dot smart speaker, which is still powered by voice assistant Alexa.

The Echo Dot Kids Edition plays music and answers questions, but the answers are tailored to a child audience.

For example, if a kid asks if Santa Claus is real, Alexa will dodge the question. She'll bring up the fact that she hasn't met the guy, but is really curious about Rudolph's nose.

These features seem like a dream come true for parents, but it doesn't come cheap. It'll cost you $79.99, which is $30 more than the adult version.

Also, Amazon is teaching your kid a thing or two about manners. Politeness is going to count when it comes to asking Alexa questions.

After an update next month, Alexa will thank kids who ask questions nicely. The update is going to be called "Free-Time for Alexa."

The new feature will also include parental controls that will block kids from making voice purchases, and filter explicit lyrics from songs.