My middle daughter’s interest in all things “tech” is growing almost as fast as she is. She puts me to shame on the tablet, which by the way is really no longer mine. She wants to know when she can get a cell phone. She enjoys web cam-ing with her grandparents and thank goodness she hasn’t already asked for a Facebook account. But one thing she would like to have is an email account, one which she could email her family with as we all try to stay in touch across the many miles. After looking at all the well-known name accounts, I had to ask myself, “Isn’t there a kid’s email?” Guess what- there is!
Kidsemail.org is an email system designed just for kids in mind (ages 6-12) but it also have a teen tool, and it accomplished many purposes but these are my favorites:
- Kid friendly email – from design to use.
- Safety, security and privacy.
- Teaches responsible use of the Internet and email while having fun.
- Protects against many of those hidden dangers out there that our kids can encounter far too often like spam, pornography, viruses and predators.
- Easy to use tools for parents – so you can control who sees what and when.
As you can see they are simple yes and no questions. It doesn’t take long. You can set up your privacy settings for each child and modify those settings whenever and where ever you like. You can even set time limits. Here’s a sample.
How do you like that? You can even “ground” them from email right there on the screen! I hope I don’t have to use it but it’s nice that it’s there.
Now that the chores are done you and your child can have some fun! Select one of the fun templates available. There are maybe 10 to choose from – cartoons to sports and lots of fun stuff in between.
Now your kids email is ready! For our first run my daughter sent an email to her grandparents and they responded. Guess what, thanks to my settings and preferences I see the message going out and the message coming in, after all she is only 7 (almost). You can turn this setting off, if you don’t need it.
Next she wanted to email dad (Mr. Money Saving Parent) but not at work mom we don’t want him to get into trouble!
It’s that easy! Now, how much does it cost? It is free for the first 30 days. After that there is a range of options available - a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription (best deal). You can view the rates here. Most importantly the free trial DOES NOT require a credit card!
So that’s it. There is a kids email account that is safer than others and more fun. Now that I know I could share it with you!