Kids and email

United States
January 25, 2013 6:39am CST
My 6 year old wants his own email address. I am not sure it's a good idea. I was thinking that with supervision and only giving his email address to family and close friends, maybe it would be a good learning experience for him. On the other hand, he's a bit young. Although he reads fluently and it might be a good way to introduce him to internet safety. What would you do?
13 responses
@jenny1015 (13366)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
I am not sure how it could be of any help for your son to have an email address at his age. I mean, who will be sending him email messages? If his grandparents would, then maybe you could make him one. But your kid seem to be a smart one coz I think not many 6 year old would want to have his own email address, lest know anything about emails.
• United States
25 Jan 13
It would be for him to send and receive messages with family and friends. He eventually will have to learn, and I will have to teach him about safety- not giving out his email address, not opening emails from unknown addresses, etc.
@lafavorito (2959)
• Philippines
28 Jan 13
I gave my son permission to have his own email when he turned 7. We talked about the rules of having his own email and the consequences that will happen if he disobeys my rule. I have the email linked to my phone so I can monitor all the what's going on. Eventually, I'm the only one opening his email because he only uses the email address to log in to his online games, in which I always am present whenever he is playing.
@julyteen (13253)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Jan 13
Parental guidance is advice to all kids who wants to have their own email address.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
25 Jan 13
in my opinion, he is too young to have a personal email. Mayb the age of 10 is a little bit more appropriate. But again, nowadays kids know much more then us and technology for them is as natural as was for us going out with friends.Just make sure you have access to it at all times so you can monitor it.
@trisha27 (3494)
• United States
25 Jan 13
I do have to agree with you on this that 6 years old is a bit young to have an email address and plus there are so many unwanted emails that goes into ones inbox that they don't want. And how devistating that would be if he were to open up one of those emails. Unless if there is a way that it can be blocked or something like that so he wouldn't open it up or if you could be there with him so that he can read the email or go through the email before allowing him to open it up then that could prevent him from opening up emails that he shouldn't. But then I would only restrict him from only giving out his email address to his family members and if he had any friends that had emails but that would be about it. That is the only suggestion that I could give to you. But once again I would have to say that 6 years old is a bit young to have a email address. Just saying.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
25 Jan 13
Did you say 6? Umm I believe this is a little young. I was about 13 when I got my own, and my Mother had access to is, and well everything I did, even then I wouldn't trust them. But then society has changed, and force kids to grow up younger and younger now a days. I think if he really wants one, he has to proove why - why does he want an email?.
@alottodo (3057)
• Australia
25 Jan 13
At the end of the day it is your choice you are the parent! but personally I don't see a reason for a 6 years old to have an email address! he does not have a business, his friends are at school and there is where he should concentrate and learn to talk with people face to face. The internet will still be there when he is 12 or 13 in the mean time he can live his childhood and be more prepared to join the Wide World of the Internet.
@savak03 (6684)
• United States
25 Jan 13
No matter how smart a child is six years old is way too young for him to have gained the experience needed to keep himself safe on the computer. It is a known fact that there are people out there just looking for some young person to exploit and they know all the things to say to get these young ones to trust them. Also nothing posted on the computer is private, no matter what privacy settings, firewalls and whatever you have in place. Nothing that is ever posted can be completely removed either so if your young one accidentally posted private material it would never be private anymore. Let him log on to the learning sites that are appropriate to his age and make sure you have parental controls in place on your computer. It is for his safety you must be concerned.
• Dhaka, Bangladesh
25 Jan 13
Hi, I think s/he does not know how to operate e-mail and as such, it is not wise to open an e-mail for her/him. But if s/he does not listen your advice, then you can open an e-mail address for your kid. Have a blessed weekend.
@WakeUpKitty (8694)
• Netherlands
25 Jan 13
my 9 and 7 year old have their own e-mail address by now but they never use it anymore. So we safe it for ... years or so.
• India
25 Jan 13
I think that that there is any problem when you introduce or provide him a email address. The world has changed a lot and as you see the kids around you, you can see most of them having it and most of them having fund with internet. I would ask you to never him a chance to move his eyes towards the social networking sites. This will simply waste his precious time.
• India
25 Jan 13
Hi friend, good to know that your son is interested in creating email id, but 6 years is not the age for creating email id. It is the age for starting his education and learning process, he need to be more matured to create his own mail id
@mariaperalta (19074)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
who in the world would email him? where did he get the idea from?