Maily is a Free iPad app that allows kids (Ages 4 & up) to safely send and receive emails from their loved ones. When I first heard of Maily, the concept intrigued me. I keep every doodle and scribble Baby D makes and always wish I could share his toddler artwork with long-distance family members. What's great about the Maily app is that kids create their own artwork using digital paint brushes, pencils, stamps, backgrounds, text, and photos and e-mail them directly to the people on their contact list.
There are two modes in the Maily app: Parent Mode & Child Mode. From Parent Mode, set up is as easy as can be. You set up your own account, then set up your child's account simply by inputting their name. I set Baby D's account up with a nickname-one that only mom, dad, grandma & grandpa would recognize. From Parent Mode, you can choose to add contacts from your iPad’s address book, or send invitations to people via e-mail. Your child can only communicate with the contacts that you set up for them.
The best part of the Maily app is that Parents have complete control of their child's emails. Here is a list of the Safety Settings:
-Approve all incoming and outgoing messages
-Carbon Copy-Be copied on every email your child sends and receives
-Show Kids-Other Maily users can search your child's user name. I chose to keep Baby D's account private.
-Parent Code: Enter a secret 4 digit code to access the app. This is added security just in case someone gets a hold of your iPad.
If grandma receives an email from your child, it will be sent directly to her regular email account (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo etc.). However, in order for Grandma to reply she would have to create her own Maily account and reply from there.
Since Maily launched back in July of 2012, the app has had great success with 100k users and growing. I am really loving this app! Kudos to Maily for creating a safe child-friendly email solution.