Amazon Is Making Social Distancing Easier for Families, with a Free Month of Educational Books & Shows for Kids

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A big reality of the coronavirus is that we may find ourselves cooped up with our kids for quite some time. And with school closures staying firmly in place, Amazon is providing a way for kids to stay busy and learn at the same time. 

The company is offering a free one-month subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a service that provides access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, games and premium Alexa skills. The service can be accessed on Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as various Android and iOS devices and also includes hundreds of ad-free radio stations and even Audible books. 

The content is broken down into three age groups (3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12) and features a variety of shows like Sesame Street and Spongebob Squarepants. Some books include popular picks like The Hobbit and Harry Potter, while the games include brain teasers such as Nancy Drew and Dora the Explorer. 

With the program, parents will also have access to easy-to-use parental controls that allow them to find the right balance between education and entertainment. They can monitor their child’s activity and manage settings, such as adding content from personal libraries, setting daily time limits, modifying browser behavior and more.

At the end of the free trial your credit card on file will begin to be charged $2.99 a month for Prime members or $4.99 a month for non-Prime members. So, if FreeTime isn't something you want to continue with just put a reminder in your calendar to cancel your subscription in 30 days.

Yup, looks like social distancing and remote learning just got a little bit easier.