What would be the best email program for my 12yo?

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What would be the best email program for my 12yo?
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Thu, 03-06-2014 - 3:10pm

Hi everyone,

I have a 12yo boy and he wants an email account. I love gmail, but I feel like there are too many break-aways from it, such as google+. What do you think would be the best route to go with him?

Thanks. 



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The best way is NO e-mail of his own.  And no Facebook either.  You can make a folder for him in your e-mail, but do NOT give him the passwords.  He only goes on when you sign him on, and you look at who he is writing to, what he is saying, and who is writing to him.  Pluis, when porn starts popping up on YOUR email, you will know where he's been surfing.   And lest you think me out of touch, I also ran this past my dds, who are 30 & 33, have kids of their own, and one dd is a HS teacher.  They both agree, a personal account is a recipe for trouble.

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sabrtooth wrote:

The best way is NO e-mail of his own. And no Facebook either. You can make a folder for him in your e-mail, but do NOT give him the passwords. He only goes on when you sign him on, and you look at who he is writing to, what he is saying, and who is writing to him. Pluis, when porn starts popping up on YOUR email, you will know where he's been surfing. And lest you think me out of touch, I also ran this past my dds, who are 30 & 33, have kids of their own, and one dd is a HS teacher. They both agree, a personal account is a recipe for trouble.

Hi, thanks. I'm actually not looking to share an account with him (I don't want him emailing his friends with my name) though I wouldn't give him free reign to email on his own - iow, I'd still do like you mentioned and not give the password to him. He's already on the internet as he has his own computer (with a net nanny type program on it), so I'm not concerned about that (no, no FB for him yet). Maybe I'll just create a gmail account for him but POP it through my outlook which is on my desktop. Then he'll have to come to my computer to use it and I'd have immediate access and constant watch over it all.

Thanks so much for your input!!




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A friend of mine lets her kids use gmail but she has all the passwords and randomly checks accounts. They don't have smart phones so they are only able to use email at the family computer which is located in the living room.

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Mon, 03-10-2014 - 10:25am

If you have an internet provider at home, what about setting up an account for him there. Comcast, CenturyLink, etc. You could do the POP thing on your desktop. You could even install say Thunderbird so he uses a different program from yours, less chance of confusion.

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khatru1 wrote:

If you have an internet provider at home, what about setting up an account for him there. Comcast, CenturyLink, etc. You could do the POP thing on your desktop. You could even install say Thunderbird so he uses a different program from yours, less chance of confusion.

Thanks, that'sexactly what I did! :)

 



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