Do you have a separate Email Account for your Kiddos? I mean their just Kids....I didn't get an Email until I was 22 years old.....wow have the times changed. Kaden was 6 when he opened an account, but he never checked it, it was basically for log in purposes for games on his tablet. But, now at 9 he accesses it pretty often and many times honestly I'm not there. And without my watchful eye I worry. Just the other day he asked me what Sexy meant? Where did he see this word? An add popped up on the side bar. Yes, it provided a moment for me to educate my Son and to talk about a topic I was hoping we could wait a few years before addressing. Thankfully his innocence only took a few minutes to smooth over until he was back doing what he was doing. But, in time 2+2 will add up and he will have many more questions. When I heard about KidsEmail.org I was wide eyed and bushy tailed! We were Blessed with an Annual Subscription from them in exchange for my Review of my experience. YAY!!
This service is geared toward younger children which was perfect for 9 year old Kaden, but they also have an older Kid option that gives a more grown up look. I decided to have Mahala use the older option since she is 16, almost 30....hahahaha! :) The set up and log in was very easy and fast. I was super impressed with the ease and organization. Nothing stinks more then being excited to set something up and realizing you need a special college course just to set it up, let alone use it. I will be honest Mahala wasn't really on board with the whole thing....she felt like it was too juvenile. Note to self...Maybe I shouldn't have sprung this on her while I was surfing through the younger Kiddo set up.....picture Below!
|Not Mahala's Thing!|
|More Mahala's Thing!!!!|
So, what exactly can we do with this service to provide safety to our Kiddos. You can control who your Kids can send to or receive an email from. You can control who is on their contact list....all of these things are able to be customized, for Kaden he has a set 5 people. But Mahala I have allowed this to be done with her and she can add anyone. I feel comfortable with that because I get a copy email of all incoming mail. You also can decide if pictures, attachments and links are ok to receive and or send. This was when I did a Happy dance.....I mean can I get my own account PLEASE???
I'm not done yet...my Favorites are coming up. You can have commonly known Bad Words taken out, place a tag line at the bottom of all communications so that the recipient has no excuse to not know your Kiddo is in fact just that a Kiddo!!! And probably one of Mahala's Favorite options is you can have a Special notification set up to be sent to all Senders that their email is delayed at the moment pending on parental approval. Yes, Mahala Loves this, because she doesn't want to deal with creeps. She's a Teen, but knows as her Parents we have her best interest at heart. The Notification looks kind of like this....
MyDaughter@kidsemail.org is only allowed to receive email from approved senders. This means that your email to MyDaughter@kidsemail.org will be delayed until the parent of this child reviews and approves the message. There is no guarantee that your message will be delivered to its intended recipient
Can we all just sit back and Smile a little here!!! :)
There are many other options too, You can ground your child from using their email by putting a lock on it. I'm assuming this would be great as an incentive to a Teen. We have not had to use that, but it is available, along with a time frame. I wish Social Media came with a shut off timer. :) You can modify the look, so your Kiddo has several styles and colors to choose from and they can totally make it their own.
So, what did we think about the Annual Subscription? I Love it and so do the Kids....especially Mahala who wasn't on board at first. But, from her mouth she said I am happy to not have to see or worry about seeing anything surprising. Kaden, is like whatever...he just knows that Momma has his Best interest at heart and that's all that matters to him. And That's good enough for me. I think it's worth it to have your Kids step out into this world slowly with the comfort of having someone there giving some protection as they slowly grow into responsible young adults.
Check out what's new over at KidsEmail.org with Social Media today!!