Have you ever looked at a product and thought, I don’t think I really need this–but then once you tried it, your outlook changed to, This is wonderful! How did I ever live without it?
That might happen with KidsEmail.org!
KidsEmail.org (a Ruby Web, LLC company) is an e-mail service for children, designed and written to help protect children online by providing a safe email account for them.
The safety features and the overall look of this product are very appealing.
The safety features include numerous parental controls and options–
As a parent, you are able to receive a copy of all incoming and/or outgoing email that is sent to/from your child. This is a simple setting that can be enabled/disabled if desired.
This option restricts the times of the day and the days of the week that your child can log in. You can even ground your child for a certain period of time and display a custom message when they attempt to log in!
As the parent, you are the individual who determines who can add contacts to your child’s contact list. Just you? Or can your child also add to his/her contact list? In addition, you can deny the sending and/or receiving of emails to/from anyone not belonging to your child’s contact list (configurable).
The Mail Queue
The Mail Queue allows you to intercept an email that failed the safety rules that you set for your child (such as someone not in their contact list attempting to send an email). You can then approve the email be sent to your child or deny and remove the email from the mail queue.
Block Individual Senders
If you allow your child to receive email from anyone, you can still block specific people by adding them to a custom blacklist.
As the parent, you can see when your child logs on and when s/he attempts to log on during a restricted time.
You can determine whether the e-mails your child sends, contain a tagline informing the recipient that the message is being sent by a child. The tagline for younger children reads–
This email was sent by a KidsEmail.org account. Any response will be automatically evaluated for appropriateness by KidsEmail.org according to parental settings.
Features your child will like (especially the younger ones) — how attractive the product is, and how easy it is to use. There are four different e-mail templates–one for girls and boys, and one for younger and older children. There are also different log-in pages, depending on the age of the child, and different e-mail addresses (@KidsEmail.org for younger kids and @Kmail.org for older kids). The older kids will appreciate the older templates, log in page, and e-mail address.
Another benefit of KidsEmail is that it’s absolutely free for the first 30 days–free, without any ties or gimmicks. The 30 days is a trial period–parents are NOT required to pay during this time and parents are not required to keep the account after the trial period expires. In other words, you’re not roped into keeping a product you don’t like. Refreshing!
For Homeschool.com readers, KidsEmail is increasing the 30 day trial to a 60 day free trial period. Just go to this special page and use Promo Code HMSCL.
If you decide to keep your subscription to KidsEmail, you can choose between a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription (best deal). Up to five children can be on one paying adult’s account. With the free account, the limit is three children.
If this product is of interest, you might also want to check out My Kids Browser, which is an Internet browser that only allows kids to go to websites that are appropriate for them. You might find this product to be indispensable too!
Fun–and fun learning is forever learning!