Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Help You Settle Family Arguments

If it’s not even lunchtime yet and you’ve already had to mediate more injustices than Ruth Bader Ginsberg, then the Amazon Alexa Kids Court skill could be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

Kids Court is a new free skill on Amazon Alexa and Judge Lexy is the honorable digital judge that presides over all unfair kid matters. After you ask Alexa to open Kids Court you’ll hear the sound of a blaring bugle and a gavel rapping bringing the court to order. Judge Lexy then asks for statements from both parties, calls any witnesses and asks for any evidence to be presented. Finally, a verdict is issued and you can get back to life as normal… until the next battle emerges in about two minutes.

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The verdict also comes along with a silly dare that the losing party has to do, like try to stand on your hands. Hopefully, it’s funny enough to make kids forget the sting of a loss, but if they still aren’t happy with the outcome they can file an appeal.

The Alexa skill was designed by Adva Levin who explained that the idea is for kids to “learn to stand up for themselves in a calm manner, to articulate their problems coherently, and to take responsibility for their actions.” Of course, just because it was designed with kids in mind doesn’t mean you can’t use Judge Lexy to settle some grown-up disputes too, like when someone tries to get out of diaper duty.

If you’re feeling uneasy at the thought of airing all your dirty laundry to Big Brother, don’t worry as the app is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which means no data is stored… or so the AI overlords want you to think.

Would you use Kids Court to settle family arguments? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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