Saturday, May 19, 2012
I recently had the chance to test out a service geared for parents and kids - it is a kids email service. You register, add your child and create an email account for them. Once the account is created, there are parental control settings that you can change.
You can limit sending and receiving to the contact list only (which you would control); you can have it set so that all incoming and outgoing messages also go to YOUR inbox - so you can see what is being said (yes, there are privacy issues with this, but depending on the age of your child, it might be a good idea); you can limit it so that pictures cannot be received, bad words are filtered out etc.
There are 3 login options, one for the parent (which gives all the parental control features) one for the child (which would be like logging in to a regular email account), or one for a teen - you can personalize them to suit the age group they fall into.
I sent myself an email (from Julien's account) and immediately there was a notification in my inbox that there was an outgoing message from him to someone, and it included the message.
It was relatively easy to use, and the kids login feature offers a child friendly design as well. If you have children between the ages of 6 and 13, I highly recommend you check out this service!
You also have the option to add a tagline to the bottom of the email, which states that the email has originated from a child.
You can sign up for a free 30 day trial, pay month to month or a yearly subscription. A small cost for piece of mind that your children are safe.
*Tales of Mommyhood received compensation for testing out this service, however all opinons are honest. Your opinion and experience may vary*