The new move could be a seen simply as a bid to give teenagers more freedom.
Any time they make a purchase, teens will be able to include a note that explains (or argues) why they need the particular item.
Teens aged 13 to 17 can now create their own login on the Amazon mobile app that links to a parent's account. 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. Parents who want to avoid the approval step can set a preapproved spending limit on Amazon.
"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way", Ellen Kinney, Director of Amazon Prime Student, said in a statement. Teens can also be assigned pre-set spending limits per order as an alternative to having orders reviewed. Now Amazon is giving that first solo-buying experience a digital makeover. Teens may also access certain Prime benefits if their parents are a Prime member. The parent will need to setup the shipping address and payment method, after which point an invitation is sent back to the teen. The accounts will allow them to search and shop for items, but there are some restrictions so that parents don't have to worry about their bank accounts.
A Household allows you to connect and share Amazon benefits with the whole family.
Teens will be given access to their parents' Prime benefits at no cost.