April 24, 2014

Choosing the right email service for your kids

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Advice for host families

The inevitable question will come one day to parents in this digital age: “Can I have my own e-mail address?” Luckily, 79% of parents of 5 to 15-year-olds have talked to their child about staying safe online, and 45% do so on a monthly basis. To prepare your child for enriching and educational experiences online, and to help protect them from potentially inappropriate experiences, Cultural Care has rounded up what we think are the best email services for kids.
Tocomail launched last February as an email service inspired by kids and for kids. Co-founder Dennis Bolgov came up with the idea for a kids’ email application when his son Michael, then 7 years old, asked for his own email account.

Maily for iPad is a communication tool for kids to share messages and drawings in a kid-friendly interface that, allegedly, three-year-olds can use according to early tests. Consider it a pre-cursor to email for kids who are 5 to 8-years-old.

Zilladog is a free, safe, interactive browser created by parents for kids 6 to 13-years-old that includes a parent-controlled email service called ZillaMail.

To read more about parenting in the digital age, read our post about our kids’ digital identities.