I do not know how you feel about e-mail accounts for children, but the idea absolutely disturbs me. You ask why? Well, when you look at the options available to the general public and see the filtering capabilities or inabilities, which allow a lot of junk (offensive content, even to me) to come through, I do not like it. General e-mail programs open your children up to a lot of content you may not want them to view.
We had the opportunity to review the one-year subscription to Kids Email Safe Email for Kids. I wish I had known about this kid-friendly e-mail subscription when my children were younger. River spent many years requesting an e-mail account, but I told him no. For a few years, our conversations went a little like this when he asked me about getting an e-mail account:
River: “Now, may I get an e-mail account.”
I heard that question several times a year for many years.
River and Lily are now old enough to have e-mail accounts through another source, but Canyon is not, so Kids Email Safe Email for Kids is perfect for him.
Setting up an account is easy, but there are a lot of questions for the parent to answer. The questions pertain to the parental controls that will exist on your child’s account. Although there are a lot of questions, I like the opportunity to really control how the e-mail account is used.
Kids Email addresses many of the concerns I have about e-mail subscriptions. There are some great parental control options. Yes, your child may still enjoy the e-mailing opportunity without a “Big Brother” type of experience. Some of the really neat features include the ability to:
Monitor e-mail – I can control what he sees as well as what is sent to him. There are no worries about him accidently seeing obscene images or reading bad language.
Approve sent/received e-mail before released – I may see e-mail content before it hits his eyes as well as read what he is sending.
Manage e-mail contacts and blacklist – I can add, delete and block e-mail addresses.
Restrict time of use – I can set the certain times of access and receive a message if access is attempted outside of those approved times. If your child is in time-out due to their behavior. there is also a grounding control you can turn on to restrict them from using their account.
No advertisement – I don’t like advertisement with my e-mail and Canyon will not have to be subjected to that either.
Customizable e-mail folders – You know how an e-mail box can get full. Your child has the ability to group his e-mails for easier access to content they want to read when they want to read it.
Read more about the Kids Email Safe Email features.
Setting up Canyon’s account was easy. There are different controls, depending on the age of your child, from which to choose. There are regular controls, which allow more parental monitoring, for younger children. There is also the more grown up version with less controls and an e-mail address that ends in “kmail.org” instead of “kidsemail.org”. That is a nice feature, especially for older children who may not want others to know they have a parent-controlled account.
Once I set up the account with e-mail contacts, I sent a text (I know, really?) to those family members to let them know to look out for e-mail coming from him. We are still an e-mailing family, but texting is often easier and quicker. Plus, if his e-mail address is not in their contacts, any e-mail from him may go directly to spam.
There are some really cool features for children to use when sending an e-mail. They may choose from a variety of cute custom templates for the background of their e-mail. The Drawing Board feature lets children draw their own pictures in the body of the e-mails they send. That is totally cool. Your children may also attach pictures.
A nice feature for your early or struggling readers is the Read It Feature. The feature reads an e-mail to your child, so a younger child, who may not be able to read, is not left out of the e-mail fun. I absolutely love this feature, which enabled Canyon to really get full use from his e-mail account. The feature enabled him to type his own e-mails as well as read the ones he received from family.
I will agree that e-mail over texting may not always win, just as physical letter writing over e-mail had its challenges. Canyon, just like his siblings, will grab a phone to text before sitting down at a computer to send an e-mail. For children like that, Kids Email Safe Email is available for use on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or any device.
E-mail verses texting still has its advantages (more writing and viewing area for writing just about anything), especially for those people who really enjoy the writing experience.
If you are looking for a safe e-mail option for your children, Kids Email Safe Email for Kids is definitely what you should use.
Try Kids Email Safe Email for Kids for free for 30 days to see if your children like it. I bet they will.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You may purchase a one-year subscription to Kids Email Safe Email for Kids for $38.95. There is also a monthly option.
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