My 9 and 11 year olds have gmail accounts that are also on my ipad, so I can monitor anything they send and receive. If your kids have another device, like an ipod, just be careful, they can get on many other free texting apps that you need to monitor. Instagram, Kik, and many others. I just make sure they know I know all their passwords and I check for things people send them. Sometimes a friend will post a picture I think is a little off, and I will have my oldest take it down.
All their friends use these devices and apps, so I dont want to deprive them, but I do check and we talk about what is appropriate on the internet and what is not...for example, I have a die hard rule that you never say anything negative about a person in a text or email, because it could be forwarded on and on and really snowball, and you cant take it back once it is out there.
My daughter had a google Nexus 7 and my husband got her a gmail account. I don't know what it required, but he is VERY particular and careful. He even misspelled her name somewhere so that if we started getting junk, we would know where it came from. She has to show us who she is sending stuff to and what it is. Thus far it's just family. :)
We keep telling them, they don't have any need for a phone. There is no place or situation that they will be for a very long time that they will be that they will need a phone. Suppose they are at a park....they should be with an adult; at school, they have phones; at the mall, with an adult; at a friend's house, with an adult; riding bikes, I prefer someone be watching. We are just those kind of parents. If they later go to a party, I want it to be one with a parent or they shouldn't be at one.
My kids have email accounts, but they rarely use them and I have them all synced on my phone so I can see anything they send or receive. I think it can be good for them to learn to use email under supervision so that they are familiar with rules and safety before they are more independent and find a way to have an email account parents are not aware of.
Wanda ~ 5'11", 42 y/o mom to kids ages 7, 10 and 12
I opened one for Beka, but then she isn't your average 11 year old. She lives with grandma, Mom lives 50 miles away and daddy lives 2000 miles away. I just have it locked so only the people I say can contact her.
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