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Keep Kids Safe Online {KidsEmail.Org}

These days kids learn to type the same time as they learn to write, and good for them.  I gave my daughter computer access as soon as she recognized letters, using it as a tool for learning to spell.   Once I saw how fast she was picking it up, I knew she needed an email.  Most all of her extended family lives elsewhere so online correspondence is an everyday occurrence.   Giving her the independence of her own email account seemed like a great idea until I noticed a spam coming in every so often.  Even though the spam is filtered into a separate folder, it’s still there and it got me thinking about the dangers of kids being online.  I know — I watch Dateline.

And so my daughter’s email went unused for a period of time until I came across KidsEmail, a safe, parental controlled email.  One can never be too careful these days with the internet — the horror stories are everywhere you look — but it is also a necessary skill and tool.  My daughter’s kindergarten class comes equipped with laptops so I know I cannot shield her from the web, rather encourage her to safely explore while I watch her like a hawk.

The beauty of KidsEmail is the parent can customize the safety settings to a little or A LOT.  My daughter is super young and her emails consist of random words (usually from whatever book she is looking at) and attached photos, so I don’t have to worry much about what she is doing.  Unfortunately, I do have to worry about what information others are bombarding her with.  In the safety settings the parent can control what comes to the child’s inbox including:

– Receive email from approved contact list only

– Remove images from incoming emails

– Disable clickable links from incoming emails

– Set list of allowed attachments per type (image, video, document, music, etc)

– Automatically filter bad words

safe kids emailAs the parent you can choose to add a tagline to the bottom of outgoing mail, signaling the recipient that a child has sent the message.  Any emails received from unknown senders will be sent to the parent for approval.  These settings have made emailing exceptionally worry free for me, allowing my daughter to have full reign of her emails.  This feature is not necessary for me, but if you are concerned about email correspondence, you can choose to be copied into incoming mail and receive copies of outgoing mail as well.

There are two modes of email, one for young children (@kidsemail.org) and another for more advanced children (@kmail.org).  The template for the young ones is super easy to navigate with simple commands accompanied by corresponding graphics.  My 5 year old easily finds the write email tab and bangs away, attaching photos of herself and sending to her contacts, all without my help.  I just sit back and let her enjoy her techy freedom.   Kids can also customize their backgrounds, which my daughter turned to purple flowers (see right).

KidsEmail.Org currently offers a free one month trial so sign up for your account now (no credit card required until you choose to buy).  With your single account, up to four children’s emails can be created and moderated by you (additional addresses for a price).  And if your child is a iproduct junkie like mine, download the KidsEmail App available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (oh and also Android).

Service was provided to facilitate this review by KidsEmail.Org

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