"As a parent of a teen, I know how they crave independence, but at the same time that has to be balanced with the convenience and trust that parents need", Amazon Households Vice President Michael Carr said in a statement.
In addition to the shipping, you get access to Prime Video, Music, Photos, Reading, and Twitch Prime (meaning you can sub to your favorite streamer once a month, which is pretty great). Parents can then allow or deny the attempt with a simple "Y" or "N" reply to the automated message. This lets parents review any purchases made and the payment type used before finalising the transaction.
Amazon launched Households in 2015 in order to install more control over the ways people were sharing their Prime accounts with friends and family, and this is an evolution of that move.
When a teen wants to order, they can go onto the Amazon App and the parents will receive a text or email showing them the item, cost and payment information. They can also set up other details for the account.
Teens who are interested in using their own login can get the ball rolling by texting their parents an invitation. The teen can also add a note to their parents.
The next step for Amazon would be to make it easier for teens to use this cash, perhaps by configuring a digital allowance parents can dole out to teens' accounts. Through the Amazon App, teens can now shop or stream content while parents will have the right to approve all orders or preapprove spending limits for the child.
If you prefer to avoid handing over your credit card outright whenever your teens want or need something on Amazon, the retail giant has you covered.
Finally, the parent can either approve or deny the order by text. In this case, the parent will receive a notification with an itemized list of the order, and the option remains to cancel it or initiate a refund if it is too late to cancel.