A friend of mine asked for advice on buying a Kindle for her 12-year-old. Since it’s the top bestseller on Amazon, a lot of you are probably purchasing Kindles for kids as well. I’ve had a Kindle since they first came out (2008, I think?). Here’s my advice, based on that experience:
Which Kindle to get? I’m going to leave that one up to your own research. The Kindle Fire allows your child to go online, to play full-color games (there are some educational apps), and to watch videos or Netflix. The regular Kindle is inexpensive, and good for book reading. There are so many free books available, you really don’t need to ever spend money on purchasing books.
My friend asked, “Do you suggest the 16gb? I was planning on getting him the fire HD 16gb…But if he only needs the 8, then my budget would like that more!“My answer, “Get him the 8GB. Books are soooooo small, they’re negligible. l. The only thing that will take space is games he adds to it, and he still shouldn’t have a problem. Even if he did, he could just store a few items in the Amazon Cloud to save space.“
She asked, “Should I register it under my Amazon Account or let him get his own account? “My answer, “There are a lot of *really* questionable Kindle books that are available on the free list, so I’d figure out how to set parental controls or have the kids on my account. Definitely don’t let him loose on it. See the Top 100 Free Kindle ebooks to see what I mean. We have had a Kindle for years, and don’t have parental controls on it, but it’s attached to my Amazon account, so I receive an email notification when anything is downloaded.”
On Which Case I Suggest for the Kindle:
As far as case, if it’s a Fire, definitely get this case. We have a Snugg for both our Kindle Fire and for our iPad. My regular Kindle has the old version of this case, and even after 4 years, it’s still in great condition.
We bought Amazon Prime membership so we can watch unlimited, instant videos of movies & TV shows on our televisions, computers, iPad, iPod Touch, and now…on the Fire! We dropped our Netflix subscription to do this, because Prime is just $79 for the year, which is the same price as our Netflix subscription, but Prime also includes the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, where you may borrow books from other Kindle users, including bestsellers, for free!
If you have any questions about the Kindle, please let me know. I’ll be happy to help!