Setting up a parent account is very easy. From the parent dashboard you add your children and give them accounts. Each child’s account can be personalized with different themes like the one’s below.
Riley chose the cat theme. I didn’t set any hour or time limits on her since her laptop is on the kitchen counter. She can’t use it without any of us knowing it. If you need to set limits because your child uses a cell phone or a tablet you simply select the hours you don’t wan them to access their account.
There is even an option to ground a child from their account! You can do it for a set time like a week or you can set it for days like Saturday or Sunday. When you ground your child from their account it displays a custom message. I haven’t used this feature but Riley’s is set to display “Sorry Riley, but you are grounded!”
You can add multiple people to notify when an email comes in. This is a nice feature for divorced parents or blended families. You can also read any incoming emails before your child receives them. There is an approval panel that places each message into a queue until either approved or denied. There are settings to disable incoming links or block incoming pictures. You can block attachments and bad words as well.
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As a parent I can’t think of anything else I’d like to add as a feature. The grounding and custom grounding messages were something I never would have thought to add to a kids email program. I like that I can approve or delete messages before Riley knows they are there. For younger kids this is a great way to keep them from seeing things you don’t want them to. It also allows you to monitor newsletters or gaming site emails.
I appreciate that you can transition younger kids to a less restrictive account as they get older. Jahnna has had email for several years and it would be a huge issue if I tried to monitor her account on the most restrictive settings. She emails back and forth with kids from a writing class several times a day. If she had to wait for me to approve each email it would become tedious for both of us.
If you are thinking of letting your kids have email accounts I highly recommend starting them here. It’s easy to protect your little one’s and give them room to grow as they get older.
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