An interesting new app, Tocomail, is designed to help kids use email in a safe and protective environment.
Parents can setup the service and select a personalized email address for their children. Interestingly, the app offers two different levels of UI with a simplified mode for younger kids and standard mode for older children.
Here’s a quick video that gives you a rundown of the service. Click here if you can’t see it.
Kids can customize their contact list and profile with different pictures. With the drawing board, kids can show their imaginative side by using a number of instruments like stamps, pens, postcards, and brushes, to create attachments.
When email is received, a push notification will be sent to the iOS device.
The main draw for parents is the ability to select who their child can send email to and who they can receive messages from.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Tocomail can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.
While the service is free, the premium service will cost parents $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year. Some of the premium features include a profanity filter that quarantines questionable messages and a quarantine box for any emails not on the safe list. Parents can choose to approve or reject them.
I think Tocomail sounds like a great idea, and I’m looking forward to letting my 6-year-old daughter give it a try.
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