Amazon Alexa skills for kids

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In order to activate kids' skills, you can simply say, "Alexa, what are your kid skills?".

Your kid's next playmate could be Amazon's Alexa.

Parents will be able to turn kid skills on and off at any time via the Settings portion of the Alexa app.

Most of the skills provide interactive bedtime stories, where children can affect the outcome of the narrative. They're read by Aidy Bryant (from Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants). Firstly, it shows that Amazon's new focus is making Alexa more child-friendly, and all the interesting applications that enables.

The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition came with FreeTime, a parental controls service which offers an aspects of this latest, United Kingdom only announcement - albeit with far more features available.

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Bringing together recognisable brands and characters, the apps have been specifically built for kids, aiming to be both educational and fun. This has nothing to do with FreeTime, which will presumably go worldwide at some point.

Lego Duplo Stories and Amazon Storytime both offer tales for kids, while Moshi Twilight adds some soothing sounds and songs into the mix too.

Bandai Namco is also diving into Alexa Skills for the first time with its new Pac-Man Stories skill for families, which is also now available on all Alexa-enabled devices in English in the US. To start the skill, just say, "Alexa, read me bedtime a story".

Echo owners can find the kid skills within the Alexa app, or use by saying "Alexa, what are your kid skills".