Partnership with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.

Kidsemail is now a partner with STOP.THINK.CONNECT., which is a campaign for global cybersecurity awareness.  This is a positive step into helping create a safer environment for our children and their involvement with the internet.

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STOP.THINK.CONNECT. has 3 main objectives.

  • STOP- Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

 

  • THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

 

  • CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Kidsemail is very excited to partner with such a great campaign, educating our children about online safety.  Please read more about the partnership in the Press Release link below.

 http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1785566#ixzz2vyOyZ8FL

Add comment April 14, 2014

My Child Is A Bully!

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The statistics are staggering.  1 in 7 kids are either a bully or being bullied (according to MBNBD ) and no parent wants to hear the words “your child is a bully” but, unfortunately, some of us hear those words.  What do we do from there?  Where do we start?

The good news is your child is not broken, but the behavior does need to change.  Some simple steps can help you and your child overcome the issue and move forward in a positive way.

  • Set an example of showing respect, empathy, and compassion.  Its difficult for kids to understand how others feel so showing them through example can be an important step into gaining an appreciation for others and the feelings of those around us.
  • Be an active parent.  Know who your child is friends with and what kind of activities they do.  Be involved in your child’s life and listen to them and their side of the story.  They have fears and concerns too and validating those can be very helpful in gaining control over a bullying issue.
  • Have very clear expectations and consequences and follow through.  The child should know exactly what will happen if they bully and that there is never any tolerance for such behavior.
  • Teach positive ways to reduce anger or tension.  These can be as simple as a time out on their bed, playing ball outside, or screaming into a pillow- anything other than bullying. Reducing any kind of violence in the home via television or video games can help tremendously.
  • Give positive encouragement.  This behavior may take some time to change and staying positive will be more receptive than punishment.
  • Have your child make amends for their act.  Apologize, send emails, have a conflict mediator present, or whatever actions need to be made to make the situation right.
  • Seek professional help.  Sometimes the issue is bigger than a parent can handle alone.  There is never any shame in seeking help from the child’s doctor, principle, teacher, or a bullying prevention class.

Keeping our kids accountable for their actions and listening to their concerns while having a positive outlook can help with bullying.  But, if the situation needs an intervention with a professional in order for the situation to be resolved, then act now.  Bullying is not a light matter, but it can get better.

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Add comment April 7, 2014

Here’s a Peek-Our Android App!

If you haven’t already heard, Kidsemail has released an app for Android Devices.  Your child will be able to have the convenience of an app, the same amount of safety as the web based Kidsemail service, and some fun features to go along as well.  You can find the free app on either  Amazon or Google Play.

The new app has a drawing pad and a camera which allows the child to draw or take a picture and send it to any of the approved recipients.  It also has a track location history, which allows the parent to see where the child has been or is currently.

Below are some images of the new app.

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With over 45,000 users, Kidsemail is a safe way for your child to learn how to email and communicate with approved contacts, making the parents in control and confident in their child’s safety.  The app makes it that much more portable and fun!

Try out Kidsemail free for 30 days! 

Add comment March 31, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe Online- Parents To Do for Social Media

The time has come.  Your child wants to open a social media account.  What now?  Grab their hand and start this rite of passage together.

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First things first, do we understand how to use these social media sites?  As parents we need to educate ourselves on the ins and outs of social media.  What kinds are there?  How is each one navigated?  Is there an ability to send personal messages?  Video chat?  Chat?  Who can and can’t see my child’s profile? And on it goes.

There are a number of social media sites and each one has it own unique flare. Learning how to use and navigate around each one is key to keeping our kids safe on each individual site.

Decide which form of social media outlet works best for your child’s needs, then set some ground rules.

Some rules may include (but aren’t limited to)…

1.  Time allotted for social media.

2.  Parents must have the password.  This should not be up for debate.

3. Make sure the followers/friends are REAL people, and that they are people you know personally.

4. Parents must have access to to all “friends/followers” and be “friends and followers” with the child.  This allows the parent to have access to what is being shown via posts, video, and pictures.

5.  Keep all personal information private.  There is no reason to post phone numbers, addresses, or anything else deemed private.

6.  Be very careful of what is posted personally.  Even if we think no one is reading or watching what we may post, they are.

7.  Never “check-in.” This allows people to know exact location.

8.  Don’t be afraid to use the report button.  Its there for a reason.  And if a post is being used for bullying or harassment-  it must be brought to the attention of the parent and a copy needs to be made.

9. The password is not to be shared with friends.

10.  If ever unsure- ask!  Communication between parent and child is the only sure way to gain trust.

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There are predators everywhere, like monsters hiding under the bed.   Taking time to make sure the ground rules are understood and proper precautions are in place can make all the difference.  

 

 

So parents… Get involved.  Take time.  Set rules. This will make the transition to social media a better experience.

Add comment March 10, 2014

Just reached over 45,000 users!

A Press release was released today regarding Kidsemail reaching over 45,000 users.

~Click on the image below to read the full release. ~

 

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Kidsemail not only has mobile apps, its also received several awards in the safety and wellbeing of children.

Congrats Kidsemail!  And feel free to try it out free for 30 days!

Add comment February 26, 2014

Catch a Leprechaun

The Leprechaun is a smart and tricky little guy.  He’s a bearded old man who likes to sport green clothing and smoke a pipe.  He’s a prankster and can have quite the attitude- sometimes being your best friend and then the next minute your worst enemy.  These wee men are great shoe makers too.  But try to catch one!  If you do, consider yourself lucky.  These elfin men may just leave you with a pile of golden coins.

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A fun activity for St. Patrick’s Day would be to try and catch a leprechaun.  Use various objects around the house like paper, paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, tape, glue, string… upcycle and be creative!

 

Here is a link to some VERY fun ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

 

Get those thinking caps going and go trap a leprechaun!  Have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Add comment February 25, 2014

Helping Siblings Get Along

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If you have more than one child, you know that siblings don’t always get along. In fact, it is very normal for siblings to not always live in perfect harmony. Here are some simple suggestions on limiting any conflict that may arise.

  • Give your children a chance to solve their own disagreements. Instead of stepping in as soon as they start fighting, you might just stay nearby in case things get out of hand. Learning cooperation and problem-solving is an important life skill, and best taught to work problems out with sibling
  • Catch your children at good moments. If you notice your children are behaving nicely towards each other, point it out. Example: “I love how nicely you’ve been talking to each other all morning.”
  • If children are fighting over something, try offering choices. For Example: “Do you want to share the toy cars, or would you rather divide them up?”
  • Show your children to support each other’s interests. This will encourage your children to appreciate each other despite their differences.
  • Don’t compare your children to one another. If you make comparisons it can generate sibling rivalry and fights as your children will try to compete for your attention and approval.
  • Teach your children how to listen to each other. When they can understand why and how their actions affected their sibling, it may help them realize why a particular action was inappropriate. 

Add comment February 18, 2014

Mail Us a Postcard – Giveaway to win $$

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We just moved into a bigger office!

So that means we have a new address and it also means we aren’t getting mail yet. Our new mailbox is very lonely, so we thought it would be fun to do a different kind of Giveaway.

All you need to do is mail Kidsemail.org a postcard to our new address to be entered.  4 Lucky people will be chosen to get a $10 Gift Card to Amazon.com PLUS you’ll make our staff very happy! To enter you must:

  • Mail a postcard to KidsEmail.org, our address is: 223 West Center Street Ste. 104, Shelley Idaho 83274
  • List a reason why you like KidsEmail.org
  • Make sure to include a note of your e-mail address on your postcard so I can contact you if you win.
  • Postcards must be mailed before Monday, March 10th to be considered.

Winners will be contacted via e-mail. If e-mail or contact information isn’t on the postcard, pictures of the postcards will be placed on our Facebook page to claim. Good Luck, we can’t wait to start getting some mail!

Add comment February 12, 2014

Kids Email Attended First CES

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Our Kids Email team at our booth at CES 2014

The first week of January, KidsEmail.org attended our first CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Our team headed to Las Vegas for a fun filled week of work and play. We weren’t sure how the reception would be, or how things would turn out so we were all anxious to see what CES was all about.

During the week we met so many people from all over the World. We had so many great conversations and made  many new connections. We were blown away by the support and excitement we received during the event.  We talked with many people that believe that keeping kids safe online is such an important thing to have. We were so grateful for the positive support we received.

For the 3 of us  ladies, this was the first time any of us had attended CES. We were amazed by all the people, things to see and amazing technology. It was so exciting to see so many wonderful new things and connect with so many people. We really had a great time and will cherish the time we spent in Vegas working together that week! If you’d like to see more pictures from Vegas, come stop by our Facebook page.

We are excited for our continued growth here at Kids Email. CES was such a great experience. Here’s to more continued growth and more exciting things to come!

 

2 comments January 27, 2014

Parenting in the Social Media Age: How to Keep Your Child Safe

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Parenting has changed drastically in the past decade. Instead of dinner bells ringing children home, they now have cell phones. Social media has become an obsession and a favorite past time. With the changes in technology, changes in parenting become necessary.

You can keep your child safe in the social media age with a few tips to help you stay up to speed with today’s technology and your child’s plugged-in world.

Learn the Technology

First and foremost, for parents to be able to help, it is important that they understand how technology works and accept that technology is a big part of young people’s lives, says Silje Vallestad, CEO and founder of Bipper, a mobile safety app company. As cyber bullying situations continue to increase, parents must know how to operate and monitor apps, social media networks and various technology to ensure that their children are acting appropriately and that they are treated respectfully in what is a 24/7 public environment.

“For kids today, being stripped of their access to the social communities and technology in general is considered so bad that they won’t ask for help or tell parents about negative experiences,” says Vallestad. “Parents need to understand that there is a difference between the digital childhood of kids today and their own upbringing, and that access to technology is as important as access to paper and pens.”

Although social media is extremely important to your child, it doesn’t mean they should have full reign of the technology. “Parents should never grant kids access to technology without guiding them in the world of technology and to be able to guide their kids, they need to understand technology and online services,” says Vallestad. “I believe in parents spending time educating themselves, combined with frequent conversations between parent and child about the use of technology in general and use of specific services in particular.”

Use Technology to Bond with Your Child

Monitoring your child’s social media use does not have to be a negative experience, wherein you are acting the part of a spy. Use technology as an opportunity to learn something new from your children and brush up on your own skills. Vallestad, the mother of three kids all using technology, says she uses mobile app alerts that provide information on which social media applications her children are downloading.

“When I see that they have installed apps I either don’t know much about or that I’m worried about (such as SnapChat or Instagram), I make a point of having a good conversation about these services,” she says. “They teach me a lot about technology and the services while we talk about how things can be used for good or bad.”

These conversations can help to create trust between a parent and a child and allow opportunities to talk about how technology can be used to harm others and how to react in those situations. “With our frequent talks on tech, where I show that I’m both interested and involved in their digital lives and also allow them to use technology, I believe we have fostered an atmosphere where they will feel safe to tell me if something bad is happening,” says Vallestad.

Have a Plan of Action

As you are learning the technology, it’s important to remember the top three actions to take when your child is engaged in social media, according to Vallestad.

  • Technology is Important to Your Child: Understand that your kids need to use technology and be part of the online communities where their peers are. It’s part of their lives and if you remove it, you will probably create a growing gap between you and your child instead of fostering an atmosphere of dialogue.
  • Open Conversations are Necessary: Engage in open and trusting conversations with your kids about technology. Let them tell you, show you and teach you. Reacting with anger or shock to things you might see could result in your kids closing down conversations. Try to stay calm and ask questions. Together, you can agree on rules. Sometimes you both may come to the conclusion that a particular service is not ok. Other times, it is ok but you may require that you will be a friend or follower.
  • Research is Key: Do your own research on services and use that research to ask your kids the right questions. However, don’t automatically assume that your kids are using a questionable service in a wrong way simply because there is a lot of information online about that service being used negatively. Do keep an open eye and make sure you are neither naïve nor ignorant about social media.

Thank you to http://www.kenneymyers.com/ for allowing us to share his post. You can see the original post here.

1 comment December 30, 2013

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