Earlier today, TechCrunch profiled a very interesting application, one called Maily: Your Kids’ First Email. Specifically, it’s an app designed as a basic version of email for children aged 4-8. Their parent/guardian sets the whole thing up, specifically creating an address book of friends and family the kids can message, and pulling profile pics from Facebook so you have a nice picture to accompany it. From there, the kids can send messages, drawings and photographs from the app — with the parents having the option to approve or reject them before they send.
The immediate question I find myself asking is if a kid that young needs to use email — but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. Everyone I know with young children and an iPad says their kids love playing with the tablet, and it’s shortsighted to think modern children aren’t going to grow up surrounded by all the trappings of digital communication. This allows them to learn how to use email in a safe and secure way — plus it’s free. Using this app means that kids can get a handle on email and messaging early, and with people you know and trust. Plus, now they don’t have to borrow your email address to write thank you notes for the birthday presents they got this year.
Here’s the full app description:
Especially designed for kids from 4 years old, Maily allows your kids to send quirky, personalized emails to mom and dad, their grandparents or close friends easily, rapidly, and securely.
Your kids can now create and send their own emails, using elements like digital pencils, brushes, photos, personalized backgrounds, stickers, and their most commonly used expressions.
New emails from family or close friends arrive in your kids’ personal inbox, and with their personal contact list, they can reply and send emails anytime.
Maily comes with extensive built-in parent control features, which enables you to be completely in charge of who your children communicate with, and when, including the ability to approve or reject messages before they are sent or received by their children.
✔ Pencils and brushes to draw and write in their emails
✔ Over 30 cool stamps to create stories
✔ Over 30 personalized email backgrounds
✔ Photo camera
✔ Personal inbox to receive emails from friends and family
✔ Personal contact list
✔ Parent dashboard to supervise emails and manage contacts
✔ Kid-friendly replies from Maily contacts
★ Facebook login
★ Add Facebook friends and contacts
★ Add iPad address book contacts
★ Various performance and bug fixes