My girls are 8. Not too long ago I setup email accounts for them both. I made sure to enable the parental controls. And I added the addresses of loved ones to their address book, and I let them loose.
As I watch them learn to use email, I can barely remember when I first started using it. It almost seems like it was always there, but I know that it wasn't. Those were the days when no one knew their email address by heart. There were no smartphones to check your email while on the go.
Back then, we were stoked if I got one email per day! Now? Sometimes we cannot even count the number of them that come in! Spam was just canned meat back then. Clicking on links in emails was fairly safe. And, if you had an email address you were considered very special or important!
Those are fun memories.
My kids are still in the fresh stage. They know that Mommy uses email alot, but they have no idea exactly what that means. They know that the internet is always on at home. They don't no of the the familiar “dooo diinggg doooo” noise of the 9600 baud modem dialing up while you leave the room to get a drink, go potty, and come back before things are connected. LOL!
I enjoy teaching my kids new things, and email is no exception. There is such innocent joy in them sending me an email, then running from their room to mine to ask me “did you get it?”. 🙂 Right now they can only email me, their Dad, and grandmas, but I know sooner than I think they will be telling me about this email, and that email that they got from their friend, sister, brother, cousin, or teacher.
As the below video shows, email is a great way for kids to keep in touch with parents and other loved ones.