People are constantly concerned about the online safety of their children. Parents are afraid if their children get approached by some online predator or cyber criminal. Usually, such offenders use e-mail or online chat rooms to entice children.
Here is a procedure that can give your children, a safe e-mail for their iPad or iPod Touch. Given the fact that today children share pictures and many other things via chat or e-mail, their online safety becomes important. It is being explained with Hotmail as an example because Hotmail provides the parental control over the e-mails being sent and received by children.
STEP 1 – Got to “live dot com” to begin.
STEP 2 – Click “Sign Up” Button.
STEP 3 – Use numbers and letters to create username. Username should be such that only you (as a parent) can relate to your child.
STEP 4 – Create a strong password with combination of letters and numbers that only you (as a parent) would know.
STEP 5 – Use your e-mail address as the alternate.
STEP 6 – Leave everything else as non-identifiable as possible.
STEP 7 – Click on Profile > Privacy Settings > Advanced.
STEP 8 – Turn all privacy options to the maximum. Settings should be a message for mail server to judge all mails strictly and in a stringent manner before sending them to the inbox of your child.
STEP 9 – Go to Options dropdown and choose “More options”.
STEP 10 – Select “Exclusive”. Now everything would be sent to Junk except mails from safe senders.
STEP 11 – Go to Safe and Blocked Senders. Click on Safe Senders.
STEP 12 – Add the names and e-mails of people you consider as safe senders. This usually includes mom, dad, siblings and close relatives like grand-parents. Select the addresses in address book and click “Add To List” for each e-mail.
STEP 13 – Send an e-mail via the web interface because you need to prove that you are a real human and not a bot.
After this procedure, you can add the e-mail account to your child’s iPad or iPod Touch. For better safety, you should add it to your own iPhone or any iDevice so that you can monitor the e-mails your little child is sending and receiving. When you feel the need to turn off something, you can do that.
No procedure can guarantee online safety as cyber criminals can come up with new ways to lure victims. So despite this process, do advise your children to stay alert and not to respond to mails from strangers.