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Amazon’s Alexa can be useful to moms in a lot of ways. From ordering a pizza, to controlling the thermostat, she’s the perfect virtual assistant, and now you can add kid entertainer to her list of abilities.

Amazon has just debuted kids skills for Alexa. For the uninitiated, skills are apps that program Alexa to do specific things, including initiating games and activities that can be played using voice commands. While they were previously not aimed at kids, as TechCrunch reports, a new parental control function has made it possible for Amazon to release apps made just for kids while ensuring user safety. The function requires a parent to enable a kids skills app for the first time using a one-time code sent to your mobile phone.

Already several new apps made for kids are available, including The SpongeBob Challenge, a memory game and Sesame Street, which gives clues to help kids find out where Elmo is hiding, while practicing the alphabet. Amazon also has its own kids app called Storytime which offers a collection of stories for kids ages 5-12 read by celebrities, like the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny. Many more options are sure to follow, both from big household names, like Nickelodeon and Sesame Street, and smaller developers.


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