Maily: Your Kids' First Email

App review by Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media
Maily: Your Kids' First Email Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 4+

Kids can get creative with messages as parents monitor.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Now email is elementary.

This seems to be a great gateway to email for my six year old daughter. She is able to keep in touch with family members who live far away and email her friends. I LOVE that there are no ads or spam to worry about because it's not an actual email account. It's also wonderful that they have several tools with which the sender can create art so it's not just a text based medium. My daughter can also take photos with her ipad and include them in her email. I wish the app was available for phones as well so her ipad-less friends could have maily also. My one complaint is that if a parent uses their email address to create an account, that same parent is not able to receive email from the child (because the account is already connected to the child). I had to create a secondary email address to allow my daughter to email me. Not a huge problem but annoying none the less. I took a look at some of the other email platforms marketed towards children and this was the only one that didn't require the user to use a web browser to access the account. I was also turned off by all of the commercialism tied into the other email options. It was just too much. I also thought the other options were aimed at the tween/teen crowd. At six years old I still to filter most of the media to which my daughter is exposed. She doesn't need to take a quiz to find out if "her favorite boy is crushing on her." Ick. Over all this is an EXCELLENT product and I have recommended it to many of my daughter's friend's parents. I am grateful that this product has been so thoughtfully created and is FREE!

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, writing
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Creativity: imagination, making new creations, Communication: multiple forms of expression
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 6, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher:
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: August 19, 2016

Our Editors Recommend

  • Bord Poster Image


    Nearly flawless chalkboard app with some clever surprises.

    age 4+
  • Drawing Pad Poster Image

    Drawing Pad

    Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.

    age 4+
  • Faces iMake - Premium! Poster Image

    Faces iMake - Premium!

    Creativity blossoms in remarkably original art app.

    age 4+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate