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Frank4d

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My 8 y-o son wants an email account. I am hesitant to set one up for him, due to the unsolicited email content I receive with subjects like:
"Make her gag on your size"
"Add three inches to your male member"

I want him to be able to send and receive email with friends . But I don't want him to even see messages like the above, even if the message content is blocked. Impossible?
 

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Basically impossible to be certain one won't get through. While you can filter 99% of them, it's just not possible to filter all of them.

The only thing that comes to mind is to setup a mail server and censor all the email, but I'm not sure you want to get in the middle of that can of worms either. :)
 

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Hi,
My 8 year old son wanted the same. We set up a Googlemail account and he's set up a Group for his contacts. I use Gmail myself & find the spam filter to be 99.9% effective. We also have a "junk" e-mail account so if any new sites ask for an e-mail address & we're not too sure about their privacy policy(!) we quote that one. My son does not have the password to the "junk" account so I can check the content & if there is anything OK in it I can forward it to his proper account. I know it's a bit convoluted but (so far!) it's working.
In case you are intersted this is a link to the google web page that my son set up:
http://3490photo.googlepages.com/home
I hope he will update it!!

Hope this helps?
Richard.
 

Frank4d

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Thanks, I will look into some of the Google links. After some intial searches it looks like I can accomplish what I want with Outlook 2003 (set up the Junk filter to block all senders except those in the Safe list). Of course I would need to hack Outlook to remove access to the Junk Email tabs.
 
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IMHO, an 8 yr old should be supervised when online. Email should also be censored by an adult. Just because it is from his friend little Billy, does not mean there are no attachments or links.
 
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I would probably use Gmail as it has a good Junk Filter in combination with Thunderbird (see link below)

Although many email sevices have junk filters the junk emails can still be viewed. That is why i suggest using Thunderbird (or any other email software) as they wont retrive the filtered emails.

You could then if you wished to go one step further block the Gmial log in so that he can only access the email via Thunderbird.

You should also take into account what my learned friend XPSP2 (soon to be made redundant by vista lol) say about supervision. I recomend positioning your PC in a central part af you home such as the living room in order to make supervision more practicle
 
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Plus to add to what firestormer said with Thunderbird setting the email up to view in plain text will also make it safer.
 
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Good call hewee i hadnt thought of that.

Plus you could custamise your filters to delete or move certain email containing certain words which for obvious resons i cant list here
 
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I believe google also has a feature where you can only recieve mail from people on your contact list. Ive been using Googlemail for over 2 years now and its been pretty good for me.
 
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Not sure what all you can do on the free version because I have just gotten it but Earthlink has free wab base email you can get too. Some of what you can do is limited because it is the free account.
http://webmail.earthlink.net/
 

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I finally decided to do what I did with email for my three older kids... When he is old enough to setup a working email account on his own with no help from me, he is old enough to for email. He should be 12 or 13 by that time.
 

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My 4 and 6 year olds know more about computers then I did by age 18.
 

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Safe Email? Do you know what an oxymoron is?

My definition goes something like this, "Conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')"

All good suggestions though!
 
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