Three of my kids used Kids Email Safe Email for Kids from the company Kids Email to test it out for a product review. Their ages are 5, 7 and 12. I know you are probably asking, is it really safe for kids that young to be using email? I know that is what I was thinking myself before I started this review. Read on to see what we found out…
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Kids Email Review – A Homeschool Review Crew Article
What is Kids Email?
Kids Email is just what it sounds like: safe email for kids to use! They really have an email address from which they can send a message to anyone and can receive approved messages from. Here is a snippet from their website with the highlights…
How we used it:
Setting it up is very easy. In fact it was so easy that I even set it up from my smartphone while monitoring five children doing their homeschool! I did take some breaks to help kids and kept coming back, but I got three of my kids set up on it for this review, all from my phone so I didn't have to tie up the computer that my high schooler was using for Algebra at the time. The backscreen for the email is customizable for each child. Maris started out using a brick wall as a background.
Maris is 12 years old, so he is not quite a teen, but he chose to use the “teen” settings so he would be at a different level than his younger siblings! The email address ending for the teen settings is @kmail.org, which was totally fine with Maris. He felt that he would be okay with a friend seeing that, especially since so many people have “gmail”. On the screen below, he chose a blue background and was sending a message to his 5-year-old brother, Mason. There are many emogees to choose from as well.
On this day, Maris chose horses for his background. It seemed like he used the horses most often, so I would say that was his favorite, but there are others to choose from if your teen or pre-teen likes to “change it up” once in a while. Maris did all of his own typing and navigated the email very well without any of my help and he even helped me figure out a few features of the program like drawing pictures.
The “kid” settings show their email ending as @kidsemail.org. They also have customizable screens. Miranda, my 7-year-old, found the princess fairy and didn't want to change it after that. Miranda did need my help with typing. She would tell me what to type and I would type it for her.
You can easily see who your messages are from, you just click their name to go in and read the message. Miranda liked to add pictures to her email. To do that, you click on a little paintbrush and palette that is in the upper right corner above the toolbar and a box will show up, called “drawing dialog”. Then you can draw a picture and attach it to your email. Here she drew a heart-shaped pizza with pepperoni, which is funny because she ONLY eats cheese pizza, but maybe she was thinking of the person she was sending it to.
Miranda enjoyed receiving emails, even if they were from her brother, for testing purposes! She would laugh, when she would see the silly things they wrote and enjoyed the pictures they made for her. Her favorite emails were from Daddy, when he was at work during the day.
Mason, my 5-year-old, is very similar to his older brother. He also liked to change his screen, almost every time he got on! Here is a dog screen. I also did all the typing for him, I would just type everything he said. He loved to send emails to Daddy at work, the topic was usually about “when is the next time we are going to Legoland”? His persistence paid off, we will go at the end of this month to the Chicago Legoland Discovery Center.
Below is a picture of Mason showing us his “screen of the day”! He really enjoyed drawing the pictures to send as well, although I could not always tell what his drawings were. He might be more of an abstract artist.
Is it safe?
Oh yes, this is the coolest feature right here! You'll have to ignore all my stuff on the left, I use this email for my blog and it gets rather full of messages! Anyways, when my husband was at work trying to send a message to the kids, it came to my email for approval. I was able to see what the sender wrote and decide whether to approve, approve and add to contact list or delete the message. I am kind of a control freak, especially when my kids are young and relax more as they grow. So I like this!
I think it is nice for a kid who doesn't have an email address yet to be able to use it and still be safe.
I loved it! My favorite part was that I got to email my sister, Mercedes! I like the princess fairy screen!
It's cool. I really like drawing the pictures, emailing my Daddy and getting a message back from him.
I have to admit, I did not like the idea of having my little kids use email. I was worried it would somehow open a whole new assortment of trouble and I was scared of that! Yet I know that they need to be trained on email to function in this electronic world and probably should use it before the high school years. I was truly won over by this program and now I feel good about them using this program for email, but I can't wait to teach the little ones to type, so I can do the other “large family mom of 7” stuff I need to do!
I love how user-friendly it is. It was very simple to set it up. I had no trouble figuring it out and using it. I like that I get a message if someone new is trying to message my child so I can check up on it and approve whether they receive it or not. If your kids want an email address, get a one-year subscription to Kids Email Safe Email for Kids!
How to find them:
- Website: http://www.kidsemail.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KidsEmail.org/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/KidsEmail
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kidsemail1/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsemail/ Tag: @kidsemail
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/112369875076902375218/+KidsemailOrg
The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew has a great team of people who have also used and reviewed Kids Email so click the banner below to see all the reviews:
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