In May 2018, Amazon launched the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which shipped with a kid-friendly version of Alexa, FreeTime Unlimited access for a year, and the promise of no explicit language. At first glance, you may mistake this for a regular 3rd-gen Echo Dot, until you see the new bright Rainbow color scheme that's being offered.
The 2019 Echo Dot Kids Edition isn't too different from its predecessor, as it has the same basic form factor.
Amazon is also rolling out additional features like Drop In, which turns your Echo devices into a two-way intercom; Announcements, which lets you broadcast important messages to the household via Alexa-enabled devices, like "I'm going to get cigarettes".
Along with the new hardware, Amazon is also introducing two new FreeTime features. This time around, Amazon is offering a kid-friendly Flash Briefing, which offers news from sources like National Geographic and News-o-Matic, along with the ability to add things like a Word of the Day, and a new interesting fact. Parents will also be able to set limits, review activity on the device, set age limits, and filter out specific content to keep their kids safe. It allows kids to create their own interactive adventures using the smart speaker and ten templates. After the first complimentary year of FreeTime Unlimited, customers can continue it for $2.99 a month for Prime members or $4.99 a month for everyone else.
Both new Kids Edition items come with Amazon's worry-free guarantee, which ensures that they'll buy you a new device if yours breaks - no questions asked.