Amazon Alexa

Amazon does not set a minimum age requirement for Alexa
+ Amazon does not set a minimum age requirement for Alexa

What is Alexa?

Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice assistant, which can be used with voice enabled devices from Amazon, including Amazon Echo smart speakers, and devices made by other companies. You talk to Alexa using voice commands and it responds with a synthesised voice. Alexa devices can be used, among other things, to play music or video, control lights, activate security systems and other home appliances, tell jokes and stories and make purchases.

Most Alexa devices are programmed to only record and send sounds and words from your home to Amazon’s servers as encrypted data to be processed once they hear their ‘wake’ word (typically ‘Alexa’, although this word can be changed in the app). Alexa can also be activated using a button on some devices. You can modify security and privacy settings in the Alexa app and set up voice-enabled devices to use throughout your home and environment. You can also set preference for news sources, music streaming services and other content in the app. Alexa also allows you to set up ‘routines’, or a series of actions that occur when you say a particular phrase.

Alexa uses AI or artificial intelligence-based software to learn from previous interactions and personalise your experience. It can be set up to work with Voice ID and Visual ID, so Alexa devices can distinguish between different users and respond accordingly. Alexa can be integrated with Amazon Kids to curate content that is age appropriate for different users. Third-party devices and apps, known as ‘skills’, can also be added to Alexa, including recipe books, guided meditations and apps catering to other smart home devices. 

Website: amazon.com.au/Learn-What-Alexa-Can-Do
Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app

How do people use Amazon Alexa?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use voice assistants like Alexa.

Amazon Alexa is used for: content sharing, encrypted, gaming, in-app purchasing, live streaming, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, photo/video sharing, video calling, voice chat and voice assistant.

How can you remove or delete content?

These links are provided by Amazon:

How can you protect your personal information?

These links are provided by Amazon:

  • Privacy settings
    Alexa privacy settings for accounts and devices.
  • How to edit privacy settings
    Advice on how to personalise your Alexa privacy settings, including making choices about what Alexa records and how long these recordings are saved for.
  • Protect your privacy
    Advice on how to protect your privacy while using Alexa enabled devices.

Key links

These links are provided by Amazon:

  • Alexa help
    Help and support for Alexa enabled devices.
  • Alexa settings
    Learn about the Alexa app and the settings for various Alexa enabled devices.
  • Alexa profiles
    Understand how profiles for individual users work.
  • Voice ID
    How to set up voice ID so Alexa can distinguish between the voices of different users.
  • Visual ID
    How to set up visual ID to recognise faces and show personalised info on devices that display content.
  • Accessibility features
    How Alexa’s accessibility features work.
  • Amazon kids on Alexa
    How to set up Amazon kids and approve and review content for children to access.
  • Alexa smart home
    Information about setting up smart home devices.

Last updated: 06/06/2024

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  • check the permissions and other settings
  • check the in-app reporting options.

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