Amazon offers a new way for students to get a Prime membership

Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

Amazon has introduced a new way for teenagers to shop on Amazon using a unique login. But for parents who don't want to review everything in advance, the option to set pre-approved spending limits is available, too.

Parents can set up the teen accounts in two ways.

Any time they make a purchase, teens will be able to include a note that explains (or argues) why they need the particular item.

Parents can approve or reject their teen's purchases.

A screenshot of a text alert to a parent for a teen's purchase.

Amazon is launching a new account feature that lets parents share Prime benefits with their teenage child. Teens get greater freedom and parents still get itemized notifications of orders.

It's hard to tell if this will jump-start a lot of teen spending through Amazon; after all, teens have been successfully hectoring their parents to buy them things since long before the internet. From there, the teenager is free to create their own username and password and then use that to log into the Amazon App.

For college students not willing to commit to a full year of Amazon Prime, the company announced Wednesday a new $5.49 monthly payment option called Amazon Prime Student. Now Amazon is giving that first solo-buying experience a digital makeover.

Parents, don't fret: Your kid is in Prime hands. Once the order is placed, the parent will receive a text or an email with the item, cost, shipping address and payment information. And from a customer data perspective, Prime Student memberships will open up a world of possibilities in terms of targeted ads, product promotion, and more. "I think this is the direction a lot of these companies are going in just to help parents and teens stay more connected in a safe way".

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