Do Your Kids Have an e-mail Address?

United States
May 12, 2008 6:04pm CST
I have two kids, their combined ages = 13. They don't have e-mail addresses of their own, what do think is a good age for kids to have one? They have an iPod they share and a cell phone, prepaid of course, but I haven't even thought about them wanting an e-mail address. I hog the computer from time to time so it would be a FCFS if they ever did.
3 responses
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
13 May 08
My oldest who is 8 has a email account but he doesnt really use it to often. Its so he can talk to family once and awhile. I will not give him a cell phone he will get one when hes ready to pay his own bill.
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• United States
13 May 08
My son has a cell phone and he's 8, but he doesn't use it that much. I think the novelty of it wore off after he got it. Its pre-paid, he knows how to check the balance and if/when he needs some more minutes he'll be working for those.
@trinale (1480)
• United States
13 May 08
My daughter will be 8 in August and a couple times, when playing games online either at Disney or Nickelodeon, has been asked for an email address to create a character. I just let her make up a name and the use it on my own domain. If I had to decide, I guess 12 years old would be a good age to have their own email address. Now for cell phones, what are your thoughts on that? I know my daugther has been asking for one because some of her classmates have one. She doesn't even call anyone from the home phone and she's never going to be left anywhere (at least while I'm alive anyway!) where there's a potential for me or her mom to be running late. When in school, I believe the office phone is just fine in the event of an emergency. Cheers, Ed
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• United States
13 May 08
Cell phones are such the norm with kids, and I don't even know what age a "kid" is anymore. I think 8 or 9 would be good for a cell phone because they are getting involved with after school stuff or extra curricular activities, I would get them a pre-paid cell so they understand the meaning of less is better.
@qtfrog99 (279)
• United States
12 May 08
I think that kids should definitely be monitored when on the computer, there are so many weirdos out there, as far as an email, I don't know about a limit, you could probably set up a free one on hotmail or yahoo for them and just monitor it. You check it a couple times a day and you control the password. Kids these days are using the computer while they are in preschool, so much work is done on the computers I wouldn't be suprised if they had to have an email address by the time they got to 2nd grade.
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• United States
12 May 08
Since my kids are home-schooled I approach it differently. I know they use computers at school, its become the norm. At the library, most of the computers that are set up for kids block sites that have questionable content. Cell phones are common too. I guess when they learn to type is when I should get them an e-mail address. I gotta keep their hands out of the cookie jar and now I've got to keep them off the home row keys.