My kids are pretty much always up my rear end, which means that they’ve figured out that when I’m not chasing them around or irritating my wife, I’m on the computer. Or as the three year old says, “the pooter.”
Being the inquisitive little characters that they are, they tend to get totally mesmerized by the magic that the pooter works. Most of which is email. They see me tippity typing away, the I hit a button and FWOOSH! Sent.
They’re always asking me, “Daddy! Where did that letter go?” And then I explain that it’s a message that gets sent through space, dodging asteroids and little green men, so somebody else who has a pooter can read it.
And then it happens…
“Daddy! I want a pooter!”
“Me too! If she gets a pooter, I get one too!!”
“I want to send a message through space and have it dodge asteroids and little green men!”
So, the first thing I ask all three of them, is who they would send messages too. Without hesitation:
“Grampa and Gramma. And you and mom!”
“Me! And boogers!” (that one’s not too bright)
So, I get to thinking. It’s actually a pretty good idea to let them use email. It’d be a good way to get them acclimated to computers. They’d be able to email friends and family. Pretty cool.
But then the concerns kick in:
* Most email accounts are kinda boring and attachments may be too much for them right now
* Internet safety
Those are the biggies for me. I want their first experiences with the pooter to be something enjoyable. I don’t want them to think it’s boring. And I definitely don’t want them getting any crazy emails…whether it be spam related, or something inappropriate that a friend sends them.
Tocomail is a kid’s email app that’s not only fun, easy to use, and exciting for kids, but also SAFE! Some of the awesome things kids will love, as featured on their website, (http://tocomail.com) are:
* All kids get their own free email accounts and addresses for safe email communication with friends and family
* Inside intuitive email app kids will have fun with an amazing drawing board with postcards, stamps, pen, brushes and other instruments to draw attachments
* PUSH notification will be sent to iPhone/iPad when kid’s email is received
* Kids love fun avatar customization options in their contact list where they can draw or edit avatars
* With simplified email accounts for younger kids and standard email accounts for older children Tocomail is intuitive and safe email for kids of all ages
At this point, I’m thinking that the kids will love Tocomail, but what I’m most happy about are the safety features. Tocomail’s website promises the following safety features:
* Safe contact list supervised by parent — you decide who is safe to email your kids
* Supervised General list of contacts in addition to Safe list
* Emails to your kids from anyone who is not on Safe list will be kept in Quarantine box until parent approves or rejects them
* Parents can choose to receive copy of the quarantined emails to their regular email accounts
* Parent can approve or reject emails right from notification email
* Profanity filter will quarantine the emails with profanities
* Bullying recognizer will detect and immediately notify parent if bullying patterns are found
Everything that I saw on their website looked good, so I decided to give it a test run and see what the kids actually thought.
All I can say, is that after using the free version for the last two weeks, the kids LOVE it! It’s super easy to use, and they love how they can personalize their own email profile with whatever picture they want. They’re already like little email experts, checking it every morning when they wake up, and at various points throughout the day. Being little, they love the ability and freedom they have to draw pictures, take pictures, and edit pictures…and being easily amused, I love this too! They can then send their super cool email to grandma and grandpa with one simple click. And it’s just as easy for them to receive email. Once a contact is approved by the parent, they can reply and send emails straight to the kid’s inbox. It’s so awesome seeing how happy they get when they can go back and forth with grandma and grandpa, crazy aunt Brigette, and even me and their mom!
As for me? Aside from the fact that I can draw and edit nifty pictures on Tocomail, too, I’m totally satisfied at this point with the app. I don’t have to worry about anything getting to them from someone I haven’t approved. I also get a notification whenever they receive a new email, so I can check it over first. It runs great on both my iPhone and iPad, and aside from how much fum the kids are having with it, they’re learning new abilities.
Anyway,in this day and age, I’m sure most parents want their kids to embrace technology. And be safe about it.
Tocomail is a great little app that can do both. Why not give it a try?
I have not received any compensation from Tocomail at the time this post was originally published. I just really like this app. And so do my kids!