Keep Kids Safe Online With OwlyMail

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With the proliferation of computer type gadgets and devices, children are using email at younger and younger ages all the time. Ever have a 5-year-old ask you if he/she could have their own email address? That would have been unthinkable just ten years ago. Kids having email. Pshaw!

Now however, it’s quite common for youngsters to get and use email as soon as they can read.

The problem though, is that children don’t have the experience necessary to determine if the person communicating with them is friend or foe. That’s where OwlyMail comes in!

With OwlyMail, parents can monitor all incoming AND outgoing messages, approving before they are sent. Spam can be blocked, and unacceptable communications can result in a person being blocked completely. Parents can set times of day in which emails can be read or composed, and lock the account completely for times when the child is unsupervised.

Priced at $29.95 per year, this is an affordable way to monitor your child’s email and keep them safe. Hopefully, the keeping them safe part won’t ever be necessary. But if it is, OwlyMail is there as a useful tool. Here is a list of the options you can use to keep your child safe:

Here are some of the options available to keep your child safe:

    • Adjustable Spam Filtering
    • Limit incoming or outgoing email to friends or family
    • The Mail Queue® – ability to approve each incoming or outgoing message before your child sees it
    • Send copies of incoming or outgoing messages to parent
    • Delete individual attachments without deleting the entire e-mail
    • Allow specific types of attachments, e.g. images, audio, video, pdf, Word/Excel, etc.
    • Customizable Bad Word Filter
    • Time Restrictions and Grounding
    • Predator Catch Phrase Alerts
    • Remove images and links in messages
    • Block specific senders
    • Activity logging

I don’t have personal experience using OwlyMail, but I would most certainly give it a closer look if I had young kids wanting to use email.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to keep their kids safe.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • McGruff SafeGuard October 4, 2012, 4:45 pm

    If you need full parental control that records everything children do on the web (such as Facebook) , and blocks inappropriate websites, and does linguistic analysis detect dangerous behavior –
    such as online predators or cyber bullys –
    look into McGruff SafeGuard’s Parental Control software:
    http://www.GoMcgruff.com

    You might remember McGruff “The Crime Dog” – Take A Bite Out of Crime – from your own childhood.

    For FREE iPad/iPhone parental control, check out http://www.GoMcGruff.com/browser

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