Since I have been doing this newsletter, I often find different companies that are offering different products for homeschoolers. I've tested some of them and told you of a few. But this is definitely one of our favorites, mostly because of how secure it is. I can pre-program email addresses that she can email (like all our family) and I also can be notified if someone new wants to email her. I have total control AND I have it so I can get a copy of what she is sending AND receiving. I really like it and she doesn't know that I am monitoring her email. Here's some other great reasons why I like it so much....
1. We have a lot of family that we don't get to see, but we love to communicate with. Letter writing in my family is HUGE, but we've sort of exchanged letter writing for emailing. My parents LOVE emailing Annalise and she loves getting emails from them just as much. It's a way that they can continue their relationship even when we don't get to see them much.
2. Here's my favorite part. As a part of our curriculum this year (4th grade), we end up writing lots and lots and working on etiquette for all letter formats. She really dislikes writing as a whole. A synonym she might use is the word HATE, which of course is a harsh word that she would most likely agree is the necessary synonym. So we sometimes use emailing to better our skills on writing ettiquette. It works for us.
I've been chatting with Brittany over at kidsemail.org. They are running a special that our group can take advantage of. Right now we can get a 30 day FREE TRIAL to kidsemail.org, but for the next two weeks they are having a Limited Sale where you can purchase a Kids Email Gift Card for $10.95 which will give you 1 year access to Kids Email. That's a $28.00 savings off the normal price. So it's really like 13 months for $10.95. Click HERE to get the gift card for $10.95.
Features of KidsEmail
Several options and features are available to keep your child safe:
Allow child to only receive and send emails from those in their contact list
Email a copy of incoming and outgoing messages to the parent
Remove images within emails
Remove links within emails
Only allow specific attachment types such as: images, pictures, video, mp3s, zip, pdf, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.
Allow a parent to approve or deny any email sent to your children via the mail queue
Filter out offensive words found in incoming emails
Kids can modify the look and feel of their account by choosing from several fun templates
A simple mode for young children as well as an advance mode for slightly older kids