Teenagers still have email addresses

12 tips for children's email services

Some children's sites require you to have an email address in order to be able to register. This is also very useful for writing with other children. E-mail means sending messages over the Internet. E-mail means nothing more than "electronic message". The email address is something like a postal address. When someone sends a message to your email address, you can read it a few moments later.

Most e-mail providers are intended for adults and their websites are far too confusing for you. Some pages will flood you with advertisements. That can be very annoying. That is why there are now also e-mail providers for children. They designed their website so that you can easily find your way around. The following tips will help you with this.

Tip No. 1: Mail4Kidz.de

With this e-mail service, only senders from your friends list can send you messages. This has the advantage that you cannot receive any advertising emails or emails from strangers. You can use the bulletin board on this page to find children who are looking for pen pals. Unfortunately, registration is a bit time-consuming. But Mail4Kidz is all the more secure - it pays off! In order to be able to register with this portal, you have to fill out the registration form and send it in by post with the signature of your parents. A little later you can start!

Tip # 2: Avoid promotional emails

Many adults have multiple email addresses. The point is that you only pass on your correct e-mail address to friends and acquaintances. The other address is used to register on websites or to take part in competitions. This is how spam (that's how annoying advertising emails are called) can be avoided in the correct inbox.

Tip # 3: Your nickname

As with children's chats, the same applies to email addresses: never use your real name! Pick a funny fantasy or animal name for your email address.

Tip # 4: chain mails

Sometimes you will receive chain mails from friends saying:
“Pass this message on to 20 friends and something wonderful will happen to you!” Unfortunately, e-mails of this kind are often intended to receive as many e-mail addresses as possible. These are then inundated with advertisements.

Tip # 5: Unknown email and spam

Every email user now and then receives messages from unknown or unfamiliar senders. Sometimes these emails are even in English. It is best not to open such emails in the first place. Better delete them immediately. Under no circumstances should you answer advertising emails!

Tip # 6: file attachments

To send photos, text files or other files, you can attach them to an email. They then appear at the end of the email and can be downloaded by the recipient. If you receive e-mails with file attachments, the sender of which you do not know, keep your hands off! Such attachments can contain computer viruses and can be harmful to you and your PC.

Tip no. 7: Others read along too

When you send a letter, you can never be sure who will read it. Sometimes messages are passed on. It is the same with e-mails. So only write things in the email that are not secret. By the way, it can also very easily happen that you unintentionally send the e-mail to a different e-mail address than you actually wanted. For example, by clicking on an incorrect email address. To avoid that, stick to the next tip.

Tip no. 8: Two are better than one

E-mails are written quickly. Nevertheless, take the time to read your message carefully again. Don't forget that some things look different when you write them. Think about whether the content of your email cannot be misunderstood either. Also read through the subject and recipient of your email again. Only when you are absolutely sure should you click on "send".

Tip # 9: Subject and BCC

The subject is a line in which you can give your message a "headline". Write in there what your mail is about.

Would you like to send your email to several recipients at the same time? No problem! You can enter additional email addresses in the "CC" field. You will also receive this email. Be aware, however, that each of them will see that they are not the only recipient.

If you want to avoid this, you can use the "BCC" field. Then you can no longer see that others have also received this message.

Tip # 10: forwarding emails

You can send the e-mails from your outbox to others quickly and easily. All you have to do is click on “forward”. However, think twice about whether the recipient will find this okay. Better ask if you're not sure. Just like in real life, some things may not be told any further on the Internet.

Tip no. 11: Grundschulpost.de

This e-mail service has the advantage that you can only receive e-mails from people who are in your address book. Similar to Mail4Kidz, you won't get any promotional emails or emails from strangers here either. The primary school mail is a little more secure than Mail4Kidz. To be able to register, you must also send your parents' signature by post.

Tip No. 12: Kidsmail24.de

You also have an address book with this provider. You can also save your friends' birthdays in your own calendar. You can even send SMS free of charge using a special points system. Have you ever seen an email postcard? With Kidsmail24.de you can send such postcards yourself. Your parents can find more detailed information on Kidsmail24.de.

Worksheet for the text

1) Explain the difficult words in the text.
Which does ______________ mean…

  • E-mail address
  • Subject
  • append
  • Spam

2) What tips can you remember? Describe two of them.

3) Name two children's email providers.

4) Do you already have an email address? What experiences have you had with it (spam mail, chain mails, mails from strangers, advertising)? Discuss it in groups.

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