30 October 2006

Email for the underage: a follow-up

Sandy's tips point to why you might want to get an email address for your kid:

(I know you had an article on this already early on this year. Just an add-on.) We created an email address for our son when he was about 3-4 months old, so it has helped a lot with organizing things when it relates to his life and happenings.

When you set up an email address for your kids, use it for birthday invites and for emailing other parents for playdates and so on. We have a webdomain with our surname so the advantages I have found are:

  1. Grandparents sometimes just send a quick 'Hello' or 'Get Well soon' email directly to him, when we send out updates.
  2. We use his email address to send and receive emails from pediatricians and teachers - keeping track of emails specific to him. At times, trying to find recommendations from the Ped, we just have to browse his email inbox instead of wading through both of our multiple ones.
  3. We send and receive emails about birthday parties and playdates, to communicate with other parents. So they are again... all in one Inbox. And now we know when another of his friend's birthday is coming around. And parents just have to remember his email address is: name@lastname.ext .
  4. Use his email address for all the wishlists and gift registries so others can just search on his email address versus ours at Amazon and Target.
  5. And since this is related to how I deal with him, I am using his email address to email you :)

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I cant recommend getting your own domain name enough. I've switched ISPs at least 5 times in the past 7-8 years but my email address has never changed. Plus my kids can have whatever name they want when they get older. It's only a few bucks to get a domain and Google does free mail/calendar/other stuff hosting. My wife and I use the shared calendar to keep on top of each other's schedule.

I haven't used their names to track their stuff this way but it makes a lot of sense. Gonna have to give it a try.

I recomend Gmail if you do not want to get a surname domain. You can just check a box in the "setup" and put in your (parents) email address and everything coming to the child's email account is instantly forwarded to the parents account. It is a good way to keep an eye on elementary and teenagers email.

This is a great idea. I'm curious does the address get hammerred with SPAM if you have it out there on wishlists and such?

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