From social media to video chatting, the intelligence of technology is increasing at a fast pace. With over three hundred million people living in the United States, should locking in e-mail addresses for children be a priority?
With the abundance of people living in the world, parents may worry that their child’s name combination may not be available once the child is of an appropriate age to create an e-mail address. Having a professional digital footprint is important to consider, especially when applying to college or getting a job.
A first and last name @Gmail may be taken by the time children are able to properly use the internet. Many parents worry that instead of locking in an email like “john.smith” or “jsmith”, children may be stuck with something like “j18smith” or “johnsmith18”. The same concept is being applied to social media as well. It is inevitable that children will be part of social media, securing a Twitter handle with their name may be the smart thing to do for future usage.
Another thing to consider, securing an email account for children is a great way for parents, family, and friends to be able to connect by sending pictures, letters, stories, and notes for children to see later in life. When children are at the age to take over their account, they will find an assortment of e-mails that were sent to them as they were growing up.
It could be anything from sharing a story about their 5th birthday party or sending a picture from their first day of kindergarten, creating a thoughtful way to share memories with little ones. In a world where technology is replacing pen and paper, this is a way for children to have a digital pen pal.
Once a parent decides to pass along credentials, it creates an opportunity to start teaching children the proper way to use technology. All email accounts are susceptible to spam filled with unsuitable content. Parents can use this as a lesson on positive and negative aspects of the Internet.
It’s important that children are aware of the dangers that come along with leaving a digital footprint. In the midst of all the good from technology, there are pitfalls to consider. Is there a reason parents should not secure their children an e-mail address?
Creating an e-mail address with a child’s name means that their name is out there in cyberspace for the entire world to see. On some level it doesn’t seem catastrophic, but on the other hand, the digital world will start to look a lot different than it does now. Consider how quickly technology changes, how often social networks are introduced, and ever-changing trend environment. Throwing their full name out in cyberspace so early in life may not be something that is wanted once they become mature enough to use their account. With technology developing so fast, it gives parents something to think about.
Kimberly Lewis is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. She taught science at the Warren County Alternative School before choosing to continue her love of writing as a freelancer while at home raising her two children.