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How to Set Time Limits on Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire tablets have powerful parental controls that allow restricting screen time for your child. Here’s how to set them up.

First, open FreeTime app and tap on cog icon next to your child’s name:

Next, tap ‘Set Daily Goals & Time Limits’ under Child Settings:

Enable checkbox on top right on the next screen. Here you can set different schedule for weekdays and weekends:

Set Total Screen Time to how long you want to allow your child to use the tablet per day.

I suggest to also set Bedtime (curfew time) – you don’t want your child to stay up late or get up in the middle of the night to play games or watch videos. Our house rule is no devices after 8 pm.

You can also require your child to reach an educational goal before they can access entertainment content. For example your child should read books (on Fire tablet) for one hour before they could do anything else. That feature didn’t work for my son though – he would simply open a book and do something else while tapping on the screen from time to time waiting for the time to pass.

You can also restrict time by activity:

This lets you set time limit for using apps, reading books, listening to Audible, watching videos and browsing the web. I like to restrict using apps (that means playing games) and watching videos but leave reading books unrestricted.

Don’t forget to switch the tablet to your child profile before handing it over to your child.

1 thought on “How to Set Time Limits on Amazon Fire Tablet

  1. Chris

    Wow! 1 hr apps + 1 hr video + 1 hr browsing the web! That’s crazy long! Our 7 year old son rarely do we let his screen time go over 1/2 hour total! With the settings you show above the kid would be on the screen all evening after home from school. I hope there are parents out there that don’t let their kid play on them that long. Because on top of screen time, kids also have playstations (we don’t have) xbox’s (we don’t have) and they probably watch tv or movies we might let our son watch 1 movie in a week, and for now 2 if he’s lucky.

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