Kim Fundora, Douglasville mom to four children
My soon to be 11-year-old has her own email and it is monitored by mom. She emails her nana and papa in Connecticut and a handful of friends. Right now, she is only checking (or using) her Yahoo email account three times a week. Although at times, she doesn’t check it at all.
Gina Maddox, Douglasville mom of three children
I think I will let my six-year-old son, Henry, set up an email account. This is only based on when he asks (which he hasn’t yet) and if it’s a kid-friendly email service with a good filter. Otherwise, I think it wouldn’t do any harm to let him email his friends or family. Of course, no matter which service I use, I will be using my own “mom filter” to be sure that no obscene spam shows up in the inbox.
Angela Cavallari Walker, Douglasville mom to two children
My seven year-old son is already a whiz when it comes to using search engines to track down Angry Birds merchandise or the popular YouTube video series, Annoying Orange. I find YouTube to be a more dangerous animal than email. However, if I found a reliable kid-centric service, with built-in safety features, I would still continue to monitor what he was doing online. So yes, and if anything, it would help his computer, spelling and typing skills-which we all know kids today will need whether we like it or not.