Not too long ago we started writing and sending pictures and videos to our sons. We set them up with email addresses so we can send them updates about what's currently going on in their lives. It's so much easier to do this with technology these days compared to keeping up with a baby book. We plan on telling them about these email accounts when they are old enough to appreciate the information. Maybe when they have children of their own.
Regular email addresses like gmail, aol, yahoo, and the like also come with spam and ads. This can lead parents to worry about the information their children will come in contact with.
Recently I was introduced to Kids Email. Kids Email is an email account especially for kids with excellent parental controls. The platform is super simple to use. With not a lot of buttons for kids to click on and get lost. Parents have several options to choose from and they can decide if it's a feature they want to activate or not.
Kids Email features mail monitoring where parents can receive a copy of all incoming and/or outgoing mail. Parents can choose when and for how long kids can access their email. Email access can even be denied if you so choose. Great for when kids are grounded!
Parents can also choose to have their children only receive and send emails from a specific contact list or make a custom blacklist of those email addresses you do not want your children to be in contact with.
There's even a mail queue that shows parents when someone who's not on the contact list tries to email your child or when your child tries to email someone they are not supposed to. The parent can then choose whether or not they want the email to go to it's final destination or delete it.
Kids Email has all kinds of spam controls. Parents can choose to remove links, images, allow specific attachment types, enable word filters, and more.
I love that their site has no ads so there is no fear of something popping up that I do not want my children to click on. It even has a read feature to read emails to younger children. Baby Bug loves hearing letters from Pop Pop.
Kids Email can also be customized for older children. Instead of an @kidsemail.org address they can have an @kmail.org address that also has an older kid feel login page.
I think Kids Email is great! I know how many inappropriate emails I receive on almost a daily basis but with Kids Email I do not have to fear my children using email. My kids love it and I in fact encourage them to use it.
I like to send my son little notes and to do lists for his chores through email. This encourages him to practice reading and be responsible at the same time.
You can try Kids Email for free for 30 days. No payment information is required to sign up for the free trail! After that it is $4.95 a month (4 emails accounts) or right now they have a special for $38.95 for 13 months (6 email accounts). I highly recommend Kids Email to all parents. In this day and age with cyber threats you can never be too save online and I feel Kids Email is a safe, fun way for kids to experience emailing.