A new iPad app, Maily, is designed to give kids as young as four their own simplified, personal email box to share messages and drawings with family and friends.
The app gives your kids numerous ways to create and send emails with digital pencils, brushes, photos from the library or camera, personalized backgrounds, and stickers.
New emails from contacts arrive in your child’s personal inbox. And with the app’s contact list, they can reply and send emails at anytime.
Understanding obvious concerns about privacy, the app features a set of robust parental control features. Parents can be completely in charge of who their children email and when, including the ability to approve or reject messages before they are sent or received.
Parents can set up their child’s email account with their Facebook or own email account.
Maily is designed only for the iPad and can be downloaded free in the App Store.
In my short time playing with the app, I liked what I saw and will definitely let my 5-year-old daughter give Maily a try. The parental controls are very well designed and easily put any privacy concerns I had to rest. With all of the different painting and sticker options, I can see her becoming an email pro very quickly.
If you’re interested in finding out more about other apps for your children, check out our first two AppAdvice Jr. columns that run down the best book apps for kids and the best apps to entertain your toddler.