Creating a skill for children is challenging but it can be a very rewarding experience. Since the kids category has enhanced eligibility requirements, you should check the additional guidelines carefully before starting developing your skill. This blog post will help you to get an answer to the most important developer questions during the creation of your first kids skill.
If the content of your skill is targeted to children, you need to mark your submission as child-directed. First of all, let’s clarify the two different age definitions for children in the Alexa supported countries. In the US, India, or Canada all users up to 13 years old will be considered as children, and in the UK, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia, all users up to 16 years old will be considered as children.
Factors to consider in determining if a skill is directed to children include:
If you are distributing your skill in the United States, please refer to Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC's COPPA Guidance and FAQs for more information.
Once submitted, your child directed skill will be reviewed to ensure it does not…
Once you decided to design and publish a child directed skill, you will need to answer “Yes” to the question, “Is this skill directed to or does it target children under the age of 13?” This also applies to countries in which persons up to the age of 16 are considered as children according to the local law.
You can find this option in the “Distribution” tab, within the “Privacy & Compliance” section:
If you decided to mark “No”, but our certification team observed some content aiming at children according to our current guidelines, they may reject your skill and ask you to update the check box.
At this moment, developers creating custom skills within our kids category have enhanced eligibility requirements. For that reason, your submission might be blocked by our automated validation checks with the following message:
In this situation, you can seek an approval to build custom kids skills via the contact us form in the Developer Portal. Alternatively, you can also use our Alexa Blueprints portal to create a Blueprint kids skill, which is open to all skill developers. For more details, see our policy page.
The way children speak and think might be very different from those of adults. Sometimes children may provide incomplete or mispronounced responses, or may respond inappropriately to a question. Your skill needs to handle odd commands suitably and must be ready for unexpected interactions
While designing your skill keep these simple rules in your mind:
Feel free to visit our developer documentation for more detailed information about these recommendations.
After reading this blog post you are well prepared for your first kids skill. Our youngest users are already excited to see what thrilling experiences you will create for them!