Like us, kids enjoy connecting with each other. So when I heard about Kids Email last year I was thrilled to use it. I was told about the trial period and one thing I knew that I absolutely loved right away about the way they do business was the fact that I did not have to give out ONE piece of personal information.
What I Heart About Safe Email for Kids
A lot of sites make you fill out every piece of personal information about yourself, including your charge card before you get to test drive any of the fancy features. Not so with Kids Email. They are so proud and sure of their product that you don’t have to give out ONE piece of information and that includes your billing information before you get to use it.
That appealed to me right away and then that is not even the best part about their service. It truly is very unique which is why I am proud to have them as a sponsor.
I saved some pictures when I set up Tiny’s personal and unique email so I could show you.
Isn’t that a cool sign in area? I can tell you Tiny was a lot more excited than I thought he would be when I finally set up his personal email.
Some of the things that Tiny enjoys besides having his own personalized email of course is how kid friendly it is.
The window is big and there are not a lot of complicated buttons and ways for him to get in trouble because there is no outside links on the pages.
I have to mention the “settings” button is just way too cute from a technical point of view. When he clicks it, the only setting he has is choosing a background. But he was way into it like he was really managing a high tech device. I got a good silent chuckle. It is absolutely a sweet way to introduce him to managing settings.
It also has quite a few adorable background choices. This one above was the first one and bit too young for his liking, but your guy may love it.
Plenty to choose from for both boys and girls.
Tiny finally chose the wolf background, his favorite. I had to email him right away so he could start using his inbox and receive an email. Well he had to get over the fact first that I would actually let him have an email way earlier than I did Mr. Senior 2013.
But, one of the reasons I like it is the parental control area which is the best part. From the beginning, it literally takes just minutes to sign up and get going AND each one of your kids can have their own email. You are still managing them all from one location. Goodness knows I don’t need to learn how to manage any more techie devices so this keeps it nice and easy.
After I registered, all I do is add children. Then I check to see if the email is available that we created. It is so I get going. Now here is the feature that sold me and the reason Jo Public can see his email if Tiny ever gives his email away without me knowing about it (yep I have no perfect kids over here) is that……………..
UNLESS I add an email to his contact list, he NEVER gets the email. It stays in the queue for me. Sweet!!!!!
There is even a setting for a format for older children so that the email does not look so babyish and the older child format gets a choice of an email that ends in a kmail.org suffix so it looks a bit more sophisticated.
And if all that protection is not enough for the kids, there is a message at the bottom of the email. So there is no doubt a person knows they are emailing a kid AND their emails are watched.
Too, because I know we have this problem around here and that is Tiny has to be reminded about when to get off devices. So there is a setting to post time limits. And, because email is a privilege, it also has a monitor for a
child that is grounded. Look at all those settings on the left side. It’s smart too because when I added Mr. Awesome so I could play with it, it automatically included him in Tiny’s contact list as a sibling.
I also like the fact that I can get a copy of Tiny’s outgoing or incoming email, decide if images will be allowed and remove links if I want to.
Email Writing By Kids
Did I tell you too that email is a great way to get writing phobic kids to write? Emails are still somewhat formal unlike texting. I used email with Mr. Awesome to help spur on his writing because there is so much satisfaction in getting emails from their friends. It makes them want to write and see a purpose in writing. Not that your kids have to agree with you when you assign their work, but you do want them to eventually see the value of the life skills you are teaching them.
Because Kids Email is kid friendly, I have a neat competition to tell you about. Kids Email is hosting their first Young Author Competition. Write a story and share it with Kids Email. Winners of each age group will have their books professionally illustrated and shared with other kids.
You see, it would have been nice to have Kids Email around when Mr. Awesome and Mr. Senior 2013 were young, but I am grateful they are here for Tiny. It allows him to have an email way earlier than my other two boys ever did.
Remember, test out all the fancy features FREE, no obligation ever, by clicking on Kids Email.
One more thing, I want you to know, yep I am bragging proud just a tad bit about my sponsor, but they won an award for top homeschooling products of 2013.
They are such nice folks they never asked me to talk about this, but I wanted you to know. I am grateful for my sponsors because I am proud to partner with them because I feel they have unique products we can use. Too, I appreciate their support of my blog and websites and I ALWAYS have time to say Thank You.
Don’t forget to check out Kids Email young author’s writing competition!
Product: Safe Email Service for Kids
Website: Kids Email. Org
Ages: Young Children until you feel safe enough for them to have any other email. Is that 30 years old? Okay, okay.
Free things you’ll like: Free 30 day Trial Period, NO Credit Card info needed. Love it.
Price: Month to Month $4.95. They have a special going on right now and you get up to 6 email accounts for 13 months for $38.95 which is $2.99 per month.
Note: All prices are true and correct at the time of this blog posting.
Hugs and love ya,