With the Kids E-Mail, I can definitely tell him 'yes' the next time he asks for e-mail. So, what makes this kind of electronic communication unique? Pull up a chair...this could take awhile. :)
First and foremost, it allows you to set up time restrictions. Say little Johnny has been naughty and has gotten grounded from all use of electronics. Little Johnny may want to alert his friends via e-mail that he is grounded (*ahem*), but with Kids E-Mail, mom or dad has already put a custom message on his now-temporarily-blocked e-mail, letting him know that signing on is a 'no go.' I shouldn't laugh at this feature, but I totally did when picturing any one of my kids trying to secretly defy being grounded and coming upon a homemade 'mom message' instead. That is the type of thing that incites storytelling that will last generations to come around here. "Remember when mom did this (or that)?" Bwuahahaha.
You can also put time restrictions on the e-mail so they can't access it when you want them to be focusing on other things (like sleep). I remember my daughter went through a 'text all night' mode when she first got her phone. It is thanks to her that her younger brother now has to leave his phone on the kitchen counter with mine, when he heads off to retire for the night. ;)
Another great feature: there are no ads. This is a very big deal to me. Not all ads are created equal, and though it may seem silly to some, I don't want my youngest bombarded with 'alcohol is wonderful,' overly risqué words and images, and/or ads that are dark in nature (just three types of ads that instantly came to mind, I'm sure there are many other kinds I wouldn't be overly fond for him to see either). I don't keep him in a bubble, but my thought process is, why expose his very young mind to junk when he doesn't yet have to see it?
There are a lot of other great features too, such as the ability to remove images or links if you'd like; being able to monitor and/or set parameters for who can contact your child, or who they can (or cannot) contact; spam filtering; offensive word omission, and many more customizable features that will help you feel your child is able to participate and be safe doing so.
It's a great way to introduce the system of e-mail to your children, in an environment that doesn't make you worry. I know the new trend at my son's school is for kids to ask for his e-mail to send birthday party invites. I have always given my e-mail, but I know it would be fun for him to give his own. With KidsEmail.org, it's definitely a possibility.
It's Reasonably Priced ($2.99 a month), but
You Can Try it for Free!
You Can Try it for Free!
by visiting the Kids Email website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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