Streaming Streaming Devices How to Use Firestick Parental Controls Use Amazon FreeTime and other tools to protect the kids By Jeremy Laukkonen Writer Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jeremy Laukkonen Updated March 10, 2020 Streaming Devices Fire TV Roku Chromecast Apple TV Tweet Share Email Firestick is a television streaming device that allows you to access your Prime Video content, use apps like Netflix and Hulu, and even play games. If you want your kid to be able to use your Firestick without worrying about inappropriate content, we'll show you how to set up basic parental controls. In addition to the basic parental controls that come built in, Firestick is also compatible with Amazon FreeTime. This app is essentially a replacement for the main Firestick interface that's capable of locking your kids out of inappropriate content, provides access to age-appropriate apps and videos, and it also offers more advanced parental controls than the Firestick is capable of out of the box. How to Enable Parental Controls On Your Firestick Firestick comes with some basic parental controls built right in. You don't need to install any additional apps to access these basic controls, but you will need to know your Amazon parental control personal identification number (PIN). If you don't have a PIN set up, you can do so through the parental control section of your Amazon account. Here's how to enable parental controls on a Firestick: Switch your TV input to your Firestick and navigate to Settings. Select Preferences. Select Parental Controls. Select Parental Controls OFF. Skip to step seven if this screen says Parental Controls ON and shows a list of controls. Enter your PIN. If you don't know your PIN or don't remember setting one up, navigate to amazon.com/pin and set one up. You can't use Firestick parental controls without a PIN. Select OK to continue. Choose which controls you want to activate. If it says ON underneath a control, that means it's active. To set specific content restrictions, select Viewing Restrictions. Select your desired viewing restrictions. If there is a lock icon next to a category, your kids won't be able to watch the corresponding programs without your PIN. Parental controls have been set up, and you're ready for your kids to use your Firestick. Setting Up Amazon FreeTime on a Firestick Amazon FreeTime is an app that you can install on your Firestick and other Android devices to help control the sort of content your child has access to. It also provides additional parental controls, like the ability to limit screen time across multiple devices. Once the FreeTime app is active, your child won't be able to return to the regular Firestick interface unless they know your PIN. Here's how to install and set up FreeTime on your Firestick: Download and install Amazon FreeTime on your device. You can search for FreeTime on your Firestick, or just add it to your account directly from the Amazon appstore. Launch FreeTime on your Firestick. Select Get Started. Enter your PIN. Enter your child's information and then select Continue. Select the children you want to be able to view Prime Video content, if any, and select Continue. Choose individual titles to make available to your child, or choose Select all Kid's Titles to automatically select appropriate content. Scroll down, and select Continue. FreeTime is now set up on your Firestick for your child. You can repeat this process to add profiles for additional children if you like, or simply launch FreeTime to switch from regular Firestick mode to FreeTime mode. As long as the FreeTime app is active, your child will be restricted to appropriate content, and you'll also enjoy other perks like the ability to limit their screen time.