Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Teens get their own Amazon accounts (if their parents let them)

Teens get their own Amazon accounts (if their parents let them)

The new accounts for teens on Amazon allow parents to control their teen's purchasing while still giving them access to their own benefits. Once received, the parent confirms which payment method and shipping address will be used for teens' orders. Amazon says the service is for 13 to 17-year-olds, but Carr told the WSJ they're open to kids of all ages using the service. And more trusting parents can elect to sidestep the per-item approval process and simply set an overall maximum budget. Parents can then allow or deny the attempt with a simple "Y" or "N" reply to the automated message. To get started, parents can visit amazon.com/forteens or sign up via a text or email invitation from their teens.

Teens can also tap into the benefits of their parent's membership in Amazon's Prime program, which offers faster shipping and on-demand video streaming, among other perks. The catch: parents will be notified of each purchase via text or email, and will, by default, have to approve or deny each one. 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.

Up to four teens can make an account tied to a single parent account.

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The online retail giant said Wednesday that teens can now shop at Amazon on their own, if their parents let them. It has tried to strike a balance between convenience and trust that parents require.

While teens' orders through the new system are tied to a shared credit card for the family, it's likely that, in many cases, teens will be paying for those purchases themselves by giving mom or dad cash back at home.

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