Do you have a tween? Or just a child that thinks they are a tween? I do, well in reality I have a 13 year old teen and a 8 year old that thinks she's a teen. What do they both have in common? They are crazy hard to shop for, and they both want things I don't think they are ready for. One of the things I have been most hesitant in allowing is e-mail accounts. As a parent I know the kinds of spam that can get through the best of e-mail filters. And of course they don't care if it's an 8 year old that clicks on their nasty link.
So I was SO excited when I learned of Kids Email.org. I and my kids have been trying them out for the last couple of months, and we love it. Here's why:
I can add my kids and set all the safety settings I like. I can even customize the setting for different kids. Like my 13 year old e-mails parts of his school assignments to teachers, so I can set his account to allow him to e-mail during school hours. My 8 year old has no need for that so I can turn her account off during school hours.
There is even a different e-mail address for the the teens. It's a kmail account rather than a kidsmail account so they don't have to feel embarrassed about their e-mail address.
I have their accounts set up to send me an e-mail when they send or receive an e-mail. So I know who they are e-mailing and what they are seeing. Don't get me wrong the e-mails they, and most of their friends send are very innocent. It's mostly the spam I'm worried about.
I can even ground the kids from their e-mail if that is a punishment. I just go in and click one button and they aren't allowed to use their account until I unclick said button.
They can even customize the look of there e-mail account. My 8 year old chose the princess.
And my 13 year old chose the guitar.
As they said "It's totally cool"!
And with Kids Safe Email any email they might get from a contact that I haven't added in as an acceptable contact doesn't get delivered to them. Any e-mail that isn't approved gets put in the Mail Queue for me to check out. From there I can either send it on, or I can delete it. It's so much easier than trying to remember to go into their accounts and delete any spam or anything else that might have gotten though.
The response I have gotten from the kids and family has been wonderful. The kids feel all grown up because they can e-mail when they want and my parents feel more connected with the kids because they can e-mail back and forth.
On a personal note I have really enjoyed getting sweet little e-mails especially from my 13 year old. Asking how my day is and how he can help me. I totally teared up the first time he send me one! I highly recommend Kids Safe Email! I love it.
If you are going to give your kids the gift of having a Kids E-mail account they are having a great deal, ONE YEAR for only $10.95 you can get the code by filling out the form here. This is only open until Friday.