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Safe Email For Your Kids | It Begins with you

Updated on April 13, 2013

Email remains a great way for people, friends and relatives to communicate more so if they are separated by distance. But when it comes to the question of whether your kid should be active on email, several things raise our hairs. The fears we harbor range from online scams that are perpetrated via email, to not being able to control who your kid is talking to online.

Many parents worry about the online content that their kids have access to, manufacturers have consequently been able to come up with software that firewalls some certain sites from kids access.

Whereas there are applications specifically created to address the issue of kid email safety, a parent who keeps these tips close by will have secured the kids world more cheaply.

Watch Your Kid's Online Safety

  • Supervision

Keep a child’s computer use relatively supervised by allowing only certain computer times when there is someone to do the supervising around. Essentially let your child use the computer in the living room rather than locked up in the bedroom where you can’t keep tabs on who she is communicating to by email.

  • Talk to your kids

A lot of parents put a lot of emphasis on warning their kids about what is dangerous in the internet, but very few ever incorporate the subject of email safety in their discussions. Talk to your kids about safety concerns while using emails. Let them be wary of opening emails from people they do not know. Sometimes of course we do not know something is dangerous unless we are told.

  • Safe Email websites for kids

There are a number of safe emailing websites that you may choose to open for your kid after if you are not sure that they safety is guaranteed by the mainstream email websites. These email websites only allow your kids to send and receive email from certain people. Any other email is marked as spam and does not even reach your kids inbox in the first place.

5 Safe Email Websites for Kids

Here are a few of those kid/children emailing websites.

When you want your child to make acquaintance with technology and still remain safe, KidsEmail is the website for you. It offers parental controls, allowing the parents to sign-in to put the controls in place.

KidsEmail allows you set the child to only receive emails from those on his contacts. A copy of every inbox bound mail is also sent into the parent’s email address, and can be kept in queue in the parent’s inbox awaiting approval by the parent..

We also loved KidsEmail ability to strip images and links from the email. Additionally, KidsEmail allows only certain file formats to be attached to either outgoing or incoming emails.

Spam filtering and certain word filtering will keep your child safe for only $2.99 per month.. Their 30-day free trial is also an added advantage for those who may want to try the product before committing to purchase.

Kidsurf is an email software and kid-friendly internet browser all wrapped in one. With Kidsurf’s K-mails feature you can rest assured your kids are protected from spam, email from strangers as well as a timer that lets you restrict the time that your children can spend online. Kidsurf runs on Windows Operating system and lets you control the applications that your child can access. To download a 10-day trial of Kidsurf, follow this link. You can choose to purchase the software after the 10-day trial period for only $5.99.

Zillamail offers a free version of their kid’s email software as well as premium versions which are billable per month or annually. With Zillamail, parents are allowed their own password into the email to set up the child’s ‘buddy list’. They can also opt to have every incoming or outgoing email copied to them.

Allows you to monitor a child’s incoming and outgoing email, restrict the time your child can be on the internet, only receive emails from a pre-selected list and mail queue the emails to ensure that only what you approve reaches the child’s inbox. Zoobuh also removes links and inpage images from the incoming emails. For only $12 per year, with a 30-day guarantee money back option.

Pikluk is essentially a kid web browser that has the email component integrated. It allows your kids to have access to only certain websites and receives emails only from the people in their whitelist. You also have the choice of setting up which web addresses you kid can access. The parent has a dashboard where they configure the security settings for their kids.

Many of these kid email websites offer free trials as well as premium version of their software, but for any parent who understands the many dangers lurking in the cyberspace, getting your kid one of these apps is a great way of introducing them to the information technology world early while ensuring that their safety is guaranteed at all times.

Safe Practises

  1. Supervision

Keep a child’s computer use relatively supervised by allowing only certain computer times when there is someone to do the supervising around. Essentially let your child use the computer in the living room rather than locked up in the bedroom where you can’t keep tabs on who she is communicating to by email.

  1. Talk to your kids

A lot of parents put a lot of emphasis on warning their kids about what is dangerous in the internet, but very few ever incorporate the subject of email safety in their discussions. Talk to your kids about safety concerns while using emails. Let them be wary of opening emails from people they do not know. Sometimes of course we do not know something is dangerous unless we are told.

  1. Safe Email websites for kids

There are a number of safe emailing websites that you may choose to open for your kid after if you are not sure that they safety is guaranteed by the mainstream email websites. These email websites only allow your kids to send and receive email from certain people. Any other email is marked as spam and does not even reach your kids inbox in the first place.

5 Safe Email Websites For Kids

Here are a few of those kid/children emailing websites.

When you want your child to make acquaintance with technology and still remain safe, KidsEmail is the website for you. It offers parental controls, allowing the parents to sign-in to put the controls in place.

KidsEmail allows you set the child to only receive emails from those on his contacts. A copy of every inbox bound mail is also sent into the parent’s email address, and can be kept in queue in the parent’s inbox awaiting approval by the parent..

We also loved KidsEmail ability to strip images and links from the email. Additionally, KidsEmail allows only certain file formats to be attached to either outgoing or incoming emails.

Spam filtering and certain word filtering will keep your child safe for only $2.99 per month.. Their 30-day free trial is also an added advantage for those who may want to try the product before committing to purchase.

Kidsurf is an email software and kid-friendly internet browser all wrapped in one. With Kidsurf’s K-mails feature you can rest assured your kids are protected from spam, email from strangers as well as a timer that lets you restrict the time that your children can spend online. Kidsurf runs on Windows Operating system and lets you control the applications that your child can access. To download a 10-day trial of Kidsurf, follow this link. You can choose to purchase the software after the 10-day trial period for only $5.99.

Zillamail offers a free version of their kid’s email software as well as premium versions which are billable per month or annually. With Zillamail, parents are allowed their own password into the email to set up the child’s ‘buddy list’. They can also opt to have every incoming or outgoing email copied to them.

Allows you to monitor a child’s incoming and outgoing email, restrict the time your child can be on the internet, only receive emails from a pre-selected list and mail queue the emails to ensure that only what you approve reaches the child’s inbox. Zoobuh also removes links and inpage images from the incoming emails. For only $12 per year, with a 30-day guarantee money back option.

Pikluk is essentially a kid web browser that has the email component integrated. It allows your kids to have access to only certain websites and receives emails only from the people in their whitelist. You also have the choice of setting up which web addresses you kid can access. The parent has a dashboard where they configure the security settings for their kids.

Many of these kid email websites offer free trials as well as premium version of their software, but for any parent who understands the many dangers lurking in the cyberspace, getting your kid one of these apps is a great way of introducing them to the information technology world early while ensuring that their safety is guaranteed at all times.

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