Why is it launched too late in UK?
After several years of being launched in the United States, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids– the ‘child-friendly’ Echo Dot smart speaker– is now finally arriving in the United Kingdom. The said speakers come with a couple of kid-friendly animal designs. Here’s everything you need to know about the Amazon device.
Amazon Echo Dot Kids
If you’re located in the UK, you can now soon avail Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids for children at home. Though it’s been few years since the device was first launched in the US, Amazon still thinks the device will hit Echo users in the UK area.
The main reason why the item was already late in launching in the UK areas is the fact that security amongst children is still the issue behind the Echo Dot Kids device. Turns out, majority of English in the country do not trust Amazon especially with the fact that they are saving data on their children by using the device alone.
Of the delay in releasing the product in the UK, Amazon explained: “There are many elements and challenges that go into expanding into other countries and languages, particularly when it comes to content, services, and features that are locally relevant.”
Is it safe for children?
Despite the allegations of child security in using the Echo Dot Kids, Amazon reiterated the issues behind their devices are no longer accurate as of now. They added that security in using their devices has already imposed tighter safety protocols compared before.
“We conduct robust testing and research and have strict measures in place for Echo Dot Kids, Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+ that protect children and provide parents with transparency and control over the experience, creating a safe space in which kids can learn and have fun,” it told the BBC.
If you want to buy the device, you can go to Amazon store website and search for Amazon Echo Dot Kids device. You can choose the design you prefer on the store.
UK experts post warning
Attila Tomaschek, digital security expert from ProPrivacy, said that parents should still be wary in using devices to their children. According to him, the possibility of hacking these devices could be easier compared to adult devices.
“You may want to take a moment to consider whether this is a piece of technology you really want in your child’s bedroom,” he said. “The cute speaker will collect, process, and analyze this data, potentially even sharing it with various third parties.”
Amazon introduces Reading Sidekick service
Just in time for UK to have the Kids Dot device, the online store recently introduced a new Kids Plus feature on their end called Reading Sidekick. This feature allows kids to read either physical or digital books along with Alexa by taking turns reading the books aloud with the digital assistant.
This feature is included on the $2.99 per month subscription ($4.99 without Amazon Prime) or $69 per year ($99 without Prime) subscription plan and is available starting last June 29.