Amazon Launches Prime Student Program with No Annual Commitment

Amazon Launches Prime Student Program with No Annual Commitment

And if you're a parent, Amazon requires that you certify that your teen's phone number or email address needed to link their accounts belongs to someone between the ages of 13 and 17.

Amazon has introduced a new way for teenagers to shop on Amazon using a unique login.

The set up also aims to encourage teens to use their parents' Prime accounts, if they have them.

When making purchases, teens can even add a note to their parents, such as "I need this book for school".

The idea here seems to be establishing an independent way for teenagers to begin taking over control of their own shopping, but not completely independently of their parents.

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Setting up a teen account on Amazon requires input from the parent.

On top of the usual perks of a Prime membership - including free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video's streamable movies and TV shows - the company says Prime Students will get access to special deals, or "coupons", through their subscription.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that this service is available only to Amazon Prime members. Teens get greater freedom and parents still get itemized notifications of orders.

Tied to the parent's account, the log-in allows teens to purchase items off Amazon.com and from Amazon services with their parents' credit card and Prime accounts.

"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. In the past, this is the money teens may have spent at the mall instead. Now Amazon is giving that first solo-buying experience a digital makeover. It's a rite of passage for many teens and tweens.

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