|New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Now with Parental Controls!|
With the boys' current Kindle Keyboards, the devices are registered to my Amazon account and the boys were able to purchase and download new content on their own way too easily, with a couple of clicks, and it would automatically charge to my American Express card. One little boy was able to play by the rules and ask permission first, but the OTHER little boy has some, ahem, impulse control issues.
On the whole, I really love the Kindles for my kids. The digital books are slightly less expensive than their paper equivalents, they are environmentally friendly, they can both read the same book at the same time without fighting over it (and I only have to pay for it once, since both devices are registered to my account). I really love the ease with which the kids can pull up a dictionary definition for unfamiliar words on their Kindles just by highlighting the text, and -- best of all -- I don't have to buy any more bookshelves for their bedrooms or figure out where to fit yet another bookcase.
I don't know the details of how the parental controls work yet, but Amazon says I'll have the ability to restrict my little Book Bandit from the Kindle Store as well as from the Internet. I'll post an update once the new Kindles show up.
UPDATE, 10/7/2012: Even better news -- the kindle keyboard e-readers that we already own were automatically updated wirelessly today to the newest version 3.4, and this new software update has optional parental controls that allow me to restrict access to the experimental web browsing AND to the Kindle Store. I enabled the restrictions, and all is smooth sailing. I canceled my order for the new Kindle Paperwhites.