When she says: "I'll email you"
Previously on urbanMamas, we've talked just a little about internet safety, our kids and mature media, or YouTube as a learning tool. Not sure what came over us this weekend, but we went ahead and set up our 8-year old with her very own email account: first name [dot] last name [at] gmail [dot] com. Not too creative, I know. We let her know she can use the email for communicating with our extended family, who is scattered everywhere, geographically. We know she has other friends who have had email for a little while, but we know that the majority of her peers don't have email accounts yet. Our intent is for her to use it strictly for family, and she needs to ask us before getting onto the computer. We also intend to check her email for her and keep track of her password.
I would love to hear other parents' thoughts about this: when would you/will you let your child have his/her own email account? What would be some of the parameters you would set for usage? Have you encountered this in your household yet?