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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this email service can help eliminate spam from entering their kid's email account, and can block certain people from emailing. This can be particularly important to parents who are worried that their kids are getting inappropriate spam or emails from strangers or bullying friends. In order to not see ads, kids must pay for an ad-free account.
What's it about?
WOOMAIL.COM is a free email site designed to eliminate spam from inboxes. Touted as "the world's safest email," the program has five methods of contact, including "Woo-to-Woo mail" (exchanged between Woomail accounts) and "Merchant Key" (instantly alerts you if your address is shared). You can also filter out who can send you messages. The result is an inbox that should only have personally-written messages from friends, family, and people you actually want to be in touch with.
Is it any good?
The Woomail concept is great for people worried about spam, viruses, and harassing. Information is instantly sent and received on one server, so it never enters cyberspace. However, the service is probably not the ideal choice for a kid's email account. Because there are multiple types of email to send all with different qualities, the service can be confusing -- even for some adults. And just because your kid's Woomail email will be spam-free, it doesn't mean the email is ad-free; you have to pay for the ad-free service. In general, Woomail is smart for
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about safe emailing practices. What is spam and what are some of the common scams that you might find in your inbox? Also, what type of information is OK to share over email and what information should you never include? Parents can also help kids understand email etiquette and how to properly send and reply to messages.
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