Intro: the Kindle’s web browser, Silk, is difficult to filter and doesn’t make a very good “training ground” for young internet users.
Step 1: Set up OpenDNS on your home’s router.
Step 2: give the Kindle a name. Go to Settings (Apps – Settings – Device Options) to give the Kindle a name, preferably one that implies both child and parental ownership, e.g., “Dad and Daughter’s Kindle”. This creates a culture of parental involvement in the device’s usage from the beginning. Maybe use a selfie with both of you in the picture as the profile picture. Again, this communicates very early on that all devices are co-owned. There’s no such thing as device privacy in the home.
Step 3: create user profiles. Go to Settings (Apps – Settings – Profiles & Family Library) and customize each user profile.
Step 4: set up parental controls. Go to Settings (Apps – Settings – Parental Controls) where you can toggle off Silk web browsing, control the camera, set a parental controls password, control app purchases, etc.
Step 5: (if you keep Silk active) download a web filter. In the Amazon Appstore, there aren’t many filters to choose from, but MOBICIP does work with Kindle Fire. You won’t find it in the Amazon App Store, but you can follow these instructions for what to do (it’s called “side loading” when you use it on a Kindle). Covenant Eyes is also one of our fav’s, and it works on the Kindle Fire with its Android solution.