My 8 year old thinks he’s the most tech savvy kid around. True – he is an expert with online games and has a passion for all this computer. So when I was given the chance to test out kidsemail.org with him, I was very excited. I knew he’d be thrilled to try out email like a grown up.
It was easy enough to set up – create a username and connect his new email address to my email. Once set up, he could pick his own background for his page. There were actually a lot of different options to choose from – and he enjoyed this part.
I was able to set up an approved list of email addresses that he could receive from and send to. Every email that comes in gets sent to me for filtering – to approve or reject.
This program came in handy when he was away at his Grandma & Grandpa’s house for 2 weeks over the summer. We were able to keep in touch in a different way.
KidsEmail.org is a safe way for kids to use. I know that no one is sending questionnable content or soliciting anything I don’t like or asking him for personal details.
I love that it encouraged writing and reading , by using typing as a medium. All these are key tools and skills! Big isn’t a fan of writing with a pencil (at alllllllll), so typing at the computer is a perfect alternative for him. In today’s world typing is a life skill. I know that when I learned to type, I only got faster when I was typing for personal reasons instead of following a lesson plan.
It’s easy. Just log in, check the inbox, and you are set. There aren’t a lot of extras to distract and confuse.
Although we didn’t use it, kidsemail.org also has a big kid setting that they can log into a less “childish” page.
Well, the only bad I can tell you is that my son really doesn’t have anyone to email! There’s only so many times he can send me an email!
I can see exactly why this program won a PTPA award. It’s a safe, fun way for children to have their own email and for parents to keep a safe eye on their kids’ internet activity!
Lisa Marie Fletcher