Soccer Girl has been wanting to have her own email account for a while. She hasn't been able to have one since a) most services have a minimum age requirement of 13 and b) I wasn't comfortable with the lack of safety settings on most services. I hear so much about online predators - not to mention spam, vulgarity, and viruses - that I want to make sure my daughters are safe online.
KidsEmail.org provides just the service that I want for my daughter to have her own email account. In just 3 easy steps, I was able to set up an account and choose the safety settings I wanted for that account. The first step is to register. After registering, you set up your child's account. Finally, you decide on the safety settings you want to activate for the account.
Here are some of the safety settings you can choose from:
- Have child receive email only from people added to the contact list
- Send a message to a sender who is not on the contact list letting them know that their email delivery has been delayed pending parental approval
- Have copies of incoming messages sent to you, the parent
- Have images removed from incoming messages
- Have links removed from incoming messages
- Allow various attachments. You can pick and choose which kinds of attachments you want to allow.
- Filter bad words
- Allow child to send email only to people on the contact list
- Have copies of outgoing messages sent to you, the parent
In addition to having the ability to set the safety settings I want for my children, there are several other features of KidsEmail.org that I appreciate. Parents can control what times their children are able to use the program using time restrictions. There are also features that allow parents to "ground" children from using the program and block specific senders. KidsEmail.org does not allow any advertising so children won't see anything inappropriate.
Another attractive component of KidsEmail.org is that your child can customize their account by choosing from a variety of backgrounds. Here are just a few of what they have to choose from:
One of the cool features of Kids Email is that it can actually grow with your child. There is a simple option for you to have a standard child account which will give your child an @kidsemail.org address, or there is an option for an older child that will have an e-mail of @kmail.org with an older look and feel. This is a great tool that allows your kids to keep their email address even through pre-teen and teen years. This is a setting that can be switched at any time.
If you have a small person who want their own email account, KidsEmail.org is the perfect option. You can try it for free for the first 30 days with no obligation; they don't require a credit card for the trial period. When the 30 days are over, you can continue your subscription based on the frequency of your choice. They offer a monthly subscription at $4.95/month for up to 4 email accounts and a yearly subscription for $2.99/month for up to 6 email accounts (billed $38.95 annually).