Childhood digital: own email address for kids?

Surfing together: Parents are also role models when it comes to security on the Internet. (c) Shutterstock

Children are curious. And there is nothing more exciting for parents than together to rediscover the world playfully with the little ones. This now also applies to the digital environment: for the "International Children’s Day" on June 1st, 2016 here are five useful tips for the first joint trips to the Internet.

01. The correct email address

Children often want their own email address early on: on the one hand to communicate with friends, on the other hand to be able to use various services on the Internet. In contrast to the adult world, it is advisable to use a pseudonym: Instead of "[email protected]", it is better to think of a fantasy name for the registration. This protects the privacy of the child, and thinking together is a lot of fun.

02. Detect and delete SPAM

SPAM is an important topic for children in particular: Although in WEB.DE accounts, suspicious emails are automatically moved to the "Unknown" folder thanks to modern filtering techniques, sooner or later the little users will be phishing or malware faced. Going through the mailbox together helps here: Take the time to surf through your mail account with your child and explain negative examples. In the second step, certain filter rules can be defined in the WEB.DE account, for example, in order to effectively avoid annoying SPAM via the blocked or requested list. More information is available here: How to create blacklists and whitelists for your WEB.DE account.

03. Don’t just open attachments

The same applies to mail attachments in the children’s mailbox as in the adult world: attached files should only be downloaded or opened if you trust the sender completely. It is crucial to sensitize your child here at an early stage: Especially when, for example, funny pictures or videos are often exchanged with friends, the temptation is great to open an attached JPEG or GIF prematurely: In the worst case is the The computer is then already infected with malware or a virus.

04. Regular mailbox check

Also if the First exercises and setting up the e-mail address are a bit behind: Parents should regularly check the e-mail traffic of younger children in particular. A look into the mailbox often reveals potential abnormalities and dangers. In addition, if, for example, the proportion of dubious emails gets out of hand, a new address can be created quickly and easily together with the child.

05. The postal secret

Children use their own email address not only for emailing: They often use it to log in to various services on the Internet, such as chat platforms. Make it clear to your child that when anonymous contact is made with strangers online, the email address is a special secret: Just like the real name or postal address, it should under no circumstances be passed on to third parties.


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