Q&A: Email for Kids

QUESTION AND ANSWERS

“Email programs that are designed specifically for kids offer safety, security, and privacy features that regular grown-up email programs don’t,” writes Common Sense Media. “Unlike Gmail, Yahoo, or even Facebook, email programs for kids can’t sell ads based on the topics in your messages or suggest people for you to add to your contact list.” 

One of our readers is looking to set up an email account for their tween.  — “Are there any recommendations from other parents on how to set up a monitored email account for a grade school child (10yo), in particular has anyone ever used KidsEmail.org? Gmail requires kids to be 13yo+ and I’m resistant to having my child use Gmail until then, otherwise I might be modeling that it’s okay to lie about your age on the internet. Love to hear if parents have used other services that are specifically for kids. Thanks!”

  • Susan Countryman writes, “I’ve used kidsemail.org and been happy with it. It has a huge array of controls–including a set list for who can email your child (and vice versa), whether attachments or photos can be received, and the option to have in and outgoing mail be copied to your own account.”
  • Amber Ladley writes, “Thanks for this timely post. We just started the email discussion…also for a 10yo…will definitely check out kidsemail.org.”
  • Karina BlackHeart writes, “Norton has a great system for monitoring internet use for kids. You get to set up which email account they can use, what kinds of sites they can visit, etc. If Norton won’t let them on a site they want to visit, the child has to come and get your permission.”
  • Melissa Mason Hyde writes, “Just set up a regular email like Hotmail but only the parents know the password. What’s the big deal.”
  • William Buescher writes, “I have three teens. None of them email. Ever. They text 100% (well, they also post comments on Facebook – which is pretty easy to monitor.)”

[Photo credit: (ccl) Ruben Vermeersch]

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