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Amazon Kindle FreeTime — a better babysitter

amazon kindleThe Kindle tablets can be great ways to read plenty of books — but are they appropriate for your toddler?  Amazon thinks so, and has added software to its Fire tablet, Kindle FreeTime, with which parents can set educational goals for their kids, and make sure their kids have met their goals before switching to cartoons and games.

How? Just tap on “Learn First,” and all non-educational content is removed from the child’s FreeTime library until they have met their daily reading or educational goals.

Amazon also touts thousands of new educational books, apps, games and videos coming to its Kindle FreeTime Unlimited platform, including Common Core Standard-aligned books, educational apps from developers like BrainPOP and Agnitus, and movies and TV shows from Sesame Street, PBS, Reading Rainbow and more.

“We know kids spend a lot of time every day looking at screens, and we’re excited to add new tools that help parents make this time more educational,” the company says.

The Kindle Fire HD is $139 here. (Affiliate link.)

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