Email education for five-year-old children. This is such a good idea I’m smiling broadly as I write this. There’s a new iPad app called Maily that encourages an early adoption of email and comes equipped with kid-friendly and parent-safe features. The product’s promo video gives a quick glimpse into the app’s objective and features:
How often do you see poor email habits? How often have you or others fallen off a CC list because someone forgot to hit Reply All? And really, do we still need to see “Sent from my iPhone” at the end of emails? If you want to read a pretty hilarious list of annoying email habits, look no further than Lifehacker’s article, which gets a little nitpicky but will still make you laugh.
Now, this isn’t to say that children will annoy you because they’ll rely too heavily on tired euphemisms and passive-aggressive platitudes when replying to your email. I just bring up email annoyances to illustrate the unfortunate fact that for many of us, we’re still kind of new to email. I’m still learning proper email etiquette every day, and I’m 25. If email was introduced to my life at an early age—impossible, since it didn’t even exist in 1986—I’d feel more confident in my email habits and other methods of digital communication.
Maily is an iPad app that seems ahead of its time. Designers Tom Galle and Raphael Halberthal wrote to Fast Company, “We quickly felt there was something missing, and came up with the simple idea of building a communication tool for kids as young as 4, imagining it in a colorful, very visual way. After 9 months of work, Maily was born.”
The app is free, easy to use, and is designed to be very safe. Parents choose who appears on the child’s contacts list, so you won’t have to worry about children’s emails arriving to unfriendly inboxes. That being said, it makes me wonder if the folks behind Maily have a robust security system in place. Sure, the security features make it so that kids can’t reach anyone not approved by their parents, but what about the other way around? Even with my ultra-secure Gmail account, occasionally spam finds its way through. Maily needs to be sure to maintain a high-level of security to defend its users.
That’s probably a non-issue, however. The folks behind Maily have children in mind and are thinking mostly about their safety and education. To any readers out there who are parents, download this iPad app and let us know how your little one enjoys it. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your stories. I promise I’ll use proper email etiquette.
Sent from my Android Device on the Verizon Wireless 4G Network.
(That was a joke.)