Amazon Alexa will now reward kids that say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

A new version of Amazon’s Echo Dot speaker has been announced which will respond to kids that say please and thank you.

The Echo Dot Kids Edition is a child-friendly version of the smart speaker that uses Amazon’s artificially intelligent voice assistant called Alexa.

Released this week, the new speaker is brightly coloured and Alexa will suggest that kids use the polite terms when asking it for something.

It comes after parents raised concerns that technology was encouraging rudeness in children as they demanded answers to their questions.

We asked Features Editor and co-host of the First Time Dads podcast Steve Myall what he thought of Alexa’s newest feature.

"It’s a positive move. My son is only two and demands "Alexa, play baa baa". I only noticed I wasn’t saying please when he started trying to use the feature," Steve told us.

"At least now he will politely ask for his favourite songs. Amazon just need to find a way to limit plays of Baa Baa Black Sheep to 10 a day."

The new Echo Dot speakers also feature special controls for parents that let them shut down Alexa or monitor how their kids are using it.

Amazon said that it talked to child development experts before building these new features into Alexa.

"They said that if you are going to try and offer them guidance, then positive reinforcement is the best way to do that as it’s not punitive." a spokeswoman told the BBC .

"They had found that saying, ‘You will not get this if you do not say please,’ is not useful with kids and doesn’t work."

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