Open Up New Communication Opportunities with the Best Email for Kids

If you are like most parents, you’ve been wishing that there were a safer way for children to communicate online. ZooBuh is breaking new ground in the realm of making your child’s online communications safer. If you’ve been looking for a superior email for kids option, then ZooBuh is the answer.

The Dangers of Cyberbullying

More and more these days, parents are worried about what kind of communication is happening with their child online. Stunningly, a Harris Interactive-McAfee study concluded that 20% of children have engaged in cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying, a term that was virtually unknown just a few years ago, has become a very serious problem as teens and even children post embarrassing photos, discuss rumors and generally demean and harass other children. Protecting your child from such inappropriate behavior is one of the reasons why ZooBuh was created.

What Does ZooBuh Offer?

The features built within ZooBuh are powerful. ZooBuh’s email for kids was designed to protect children from a wide spectrum of unwanted and potentially damaging communications. Once you’ve tried ZooBuh for yourself, you will agree that there has never been as functional or useful tool for managing email for kids.

One of the key features of ZooBuh is the Mail Queue System – which makes it possible for parents to approve or deny any incoming or outgoing message before your child sends it or sees it. This feature brings peace of mind to parents as they know exactly what messages are coming and going from their child’s inbox.

Learn When and Why Communications Occur

ZooBuh’s parent friendly and intuitive tools include the ability to send copies of incoming as well as outgoing messages directly to you, the parent. Imagine for a moment being able to know what kind of emails your child is sending. With our service, you’ll also learn when and why these communications take place. Any parent looking to keep their child safe will absolutely love ZooBuh and all it has to offer.

There are additional features – such as the ability to restrict the times that email can be used, restrict email use entirely, block specific senders, pre-approve other senders such as family members and a great deal more. And the activity-logging feature of ZooBuh means that you will never be left wondering how your child is using email.

The Best Email for Kids

With each year that passes by, email for kids is becoming a greater priority. With ZooBuh, parents can finally relax and know that an innovative, effective, and proven technology is now on their side.

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ZooBuh Is About Peace of Mind

Thanks to the Internet and email, it is possible for us to reach out, discover and learn like never before. Email has proven to be a real game changer, and everyone wants to use it as a primary form of communication – and that includes children. Parents are correct in wanting to make sure their kids have access to technology. However, parents need to know that their children are safe when using email.

Ensuring Safe Email for Kids

The ZooBuh difference is that we make email much safer. You’ll enjoy a new level of control as well as peace of mind when using a secure platform for child’s email. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to monitor what is happening with your child’s online email communications, well, now you finally can. Safe email for kids has arrived.

Research Supports Parental Concern

As a parent, you have a right to worry. According to Harris Interactive-McAfee, 63% of teens say that they know how to hide what they do online from their parents. That means that even though you think you have an understanding of what is going on, you likely don’t really know what your child is thinking or doing.

Adding to that concern is the fact that, according to Cox Communication, 69% of teens say that they regularly receive messages from people online they don’t know. Making this even more troublesome is the fact that they don’t follow up by telling an adult when this occurs.

Perhaps most alarming of all, the Rochester Institute of Technology discovered that over 10% of students accepted an invitation to meet an online stranger in person.

Your Proactive Steps

Parents should be motivated to take protective steps. Just because you want to ensure your child’s safe communications online does not mean you’re unreasonable or overprotective. Through ZooBuh, parents now have a safe email for kids option that adds a considerable layer of protection for online communications.

ZooBuh Email Monitoring, Activity Logs & Mail Queue Technology

ZooBuh includes email monitoring and activity logs. You’ll know exactly who is communicating with your child online and why. You can even restrict the times and places where your child can log in so that he or she stays safe when you’re not around.

Want to approve an incoming email message before your child sees it? Our Mail Queue technology places all of your child’s incoming messages into a folder that is not visible to your child. In this way, you can approve, preview and even delete messages before your child sees it.

Enjoy Quick Communication with an Approved List

ZooBuh is also about ease of use. You can select trusted friends and family email addresses so that your child can have quick email correspondence. In fact – you can even limit your child’s email account to only people you’ve approved in advance.
The Internet is a pretty amazing place. ZooBuh wants you and your children to get the most out of the Internet and email. Helping you keep your children safe is what we do at ZooBuh. We think you’re going to like what we have to offer.

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Cracking the Sexting Code

Sexual expression is a major part of human development, and often occurs as part of puberty – but if it seems like kids are getting interested earlier than before, that’s because they really are. As reported by MedicineNet, puberty has occurred earlier and earlier over the last century – and teens are turning to sexting as one way of expressing the changes they’re experiencing.

Why Are Teens Sexting?

Teens sext for many different reasons – some do it because they think it’s fun, others want to feel sexy, while a significant number of both genders sext because they feel pressured into doing so.

There’s no universal reason why teens get started on this – what’s truly important is understanding that they do sext, and what they’re saying is just as important as the fact that they’re sexting at all.

However, we need to understand that teens see sexting as normal. This is the point that parents, guardians, and teachers often miss – in many cases, teens see it as a perfectly healthy and appropriate way of expressing their sexuality, even when adults – or the law – disagree.

Sharing the Information

Sexting comes in two main forms – text and photographs- and are usually shared over messaging apps or sext friendly apps. Over two-thirds of teens with access to smartphones have sexted someone else, usually their boyfriend or girlfriend, and in many cases girls are asked to sext rather than initiating it on their own.

However, most teens are jealous of their information and privacy – they might be willing to share an explicit photograph with the person they’re dating, but they don’t believe that picture should be passed around. In short, teens only accept sexting when they have some measure of control over it.

This falls squarely in line with how teens feel about the rest of their information – they don’t want it to be used in ways they don’t approve of, but as long as they consent, they’re not going to worry about it.

The real problem is when teens start sharing information without realizing it’s wrong. An increasing number of teens are being arrested for distributing child pornography of themselves, and you can bet that most of them don’t believe it was wrong. This is especially true in cases where teens married before 18 (which is legal in most states, though parental consent is typically required) and see exactly nothing wrong with sending erotic messages or images to their spouse.

Fortunately, such cases will rarely be prosecuted, but the law is the law and it’s still illegal.

What About The Slang?

There’s a common misconception that messages between teens consist mainly of obscure slang designed to hide the real conversation from parents. While it’s true that certain words and phrases are used, slang isn’t a truly significant part of most sexts.

In other words, there’s no truly secret ‘code’ you’ll need to unravel before you can understand what teens are saying – all you really have to do is read the messages themselves.

All of this comes down to a simple bit of information: While we may not care that teens are sexting in the first place – unless it involves actions like threatening to release nude photographs without the subject’s consent – we should care enough to keep tabs on them, talk with them about appropriate sexting behaviors, and make sure they’re truly in control of what they’re doing.

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New Feature: Parent Notification Upon New Location Connection

A new feature has been added.  Parents can now be notified when their child connects from a new location.

For example, normally you may have a couple different locations your child may login from.  Home and school.  When they connect from a new connection such as a friend’s house, we will send you a notification of this activity.

To access this feature, visit this link: https://parents.zoobuh.com/user/access/

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Understanding the dangers posed to children by the Internet

The Internet is a fantastic tool that we all use in our everyday lives whether it be to purchase products and services, to perform research or to communicate with friends, colleagues and family members.
The Internet is also an extremely powerful tool that our children can take great benefit from – particularly in terms of the research facilities that come hand in hand with the Internet it can be extremely useful in facilitating the learning process for them.

As well as these great benefits the Internet does come with many pitfalls and dangers, especially when it is being used by children. As adults and parents it is important that we understand all of these dangers as well as the ways in which we can monitor, regulate and shield our children from them.

Understanding the scope of the Internet

As with all dangers it is important to understand the scope that the Internet covers so that we can then understand each individual danger within that scope. The Internet is not simply the thing that we see when opening a browser and visiting Google, it is actually a means of communication that is available to our entire computer as well as most of our other electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, Television as well as many modern kid’s toys and games.

In addition the Internet is not just available in the form of web pages but is accessible via email, instant chat programs and from inside many games. As such all of these devices and different platforms need to be monitored and regulated in order to keep our children safe.

How do we regulate these mediums?

Each of the various mediums available to use with the Internet tend to have their own methods of regulation. Internet browsers can be regulated with the use of content filters – in fact Microsoft Internet Explorer has a built in content filter. Most games that provide Internet access have parental controls and the ability to restrict or turn off Internet access. Other devices and platforms such as smart phones and email systems are harder to restrict so need a different approach.

For these harder to restrict platforms it is important that we have parental control over our children’s use of the internet. For example it is important that we restrict the times in which they can use the Internet and we should be present while they do so, in order that we can monitor the use. If clear rules are put in place to this effect then controlling how and when children use the Internet is much easier.  Because Zoobuh is the best email for kids, our expertise and products can help give you the control you need.

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Email Etiquette for Children

For the past 15 years, research from the Pew Research Center has shown that email is the top work-related technology tool used by adults in the U.S. yet many adults have difficulty following email etiquette guidelines.

Children who learn appropriate email etiquette develop confidence in their collaboration skills and are better prepared to communicate effectively when they enter the business world.

Here are five crucial email etiquette rules that even young children can routinely practice:

1. Use correct spelling and punctuation to make emails easier to read and create a professional appearance. (ZooBuh’s built-in spell check feature makes it easy for younger children to identify misspelled words.)

2. Utilize appropriate formatting such as emoticons and personalized fonts for informal emails to friends and grandparents but simple fonts with only standard colors for emails to teachers or businesses.

3. Write a concise subject line to make sure the email is read by the recipient. The ability to compose a subject line that succinctly describes the content of the email is a valuable reading comprehension skill as well.

4. Be cautious when sending personal information via email. This includes addresses, phone numbers, bank account information and even school or church details. (The parental controls in ZooBuh can be set to automatically check for these items.)

5. Include a polite greeting and a sincere closing with each email. This ensures that despite its potential for impersonal use, each email can remain a valuable communication tool.

Learning to use email effectively is a 21st century skill that is crucial for a child’s future success and with practice, acceptable email etiquette will become automatic.

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New Feature: adjust destination and percentage threshold of spam

You’ve always been able to adjust the threshold at which the system determines what spam is and isn’t.  However there is a new feature available where you can save the spam into a folder for review.Spam Adjustments

Since there is such a variety of spam and junk, there is the ability to only let the spam through that may have barely missed the “cutoff” point and discard the rest.  You can adjust the slider percentage to fine tune the amount.

Some examples of messages that may fall into this category are those from Facebook, Twitter, Apple, etc.   If these messages are flagged as spam, you can now retrieve them up to a week.

Note:  your child cannot see any messages in the Spam folder until you move them into their Inbox.

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New domain names available

One of the features requested by our customers was the option for more domains, specifically teen-oriented names.

By default, the email addresses will be @zoobuh.com. So zb123@zoobuh.com would be an example.

A real-time, updated list of domains can be found here.

alohamail.net
boypla.net
buhsneb.com
buhzog.com
buhzoo.com
chickpla.net
girlpla.net
junioremail.net
juniormail.net
keikimail.com
kidekid.com
kidemail.net
kidfrog.com
kidgab.com
kidinbox.com
kidmail.us
kidnote.net
kidpals.net
kidscribe.net
kidwired.com
mysafekids.net
netkids.co
pikubu.com
planeteen.com
planeteen.net
safekidsmail.com
teenforge.com
teenfriends.net
teenlink.us
teenpals.net
teenscribe.com
teentell.net
teentell.us
teentext.me
teenversation.com
teenwired.com
teenzone.me
thekidspla.net

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Setting Up Rules and Monitoring Tools for Teens Social Media Use

Setting Up Rules and Monitoring Tools for Teens Social Media Use

Teenagers with access to the internet and social media networks enjoy communicating with friends, following celebrities or sports heroes and chatting with people all over the world who have the same hobbies and interests. However, parents need to be aware of the potential dangers of social media and work with their teens to establish a set of rules to monitor use.

Here are five things that parents can do to establish rules for teens regarding social media:

  1. Talk to teens. Parents may assume that teens know how to behave online and in social media groups, but it’s always a good idea to have the conversation anyhow. Parents should stress that the teens should never post personal information, such as an address or cell phone number. Teens should never share their login information with others, except for with parents. Teens should also be told that they need to report any activity or information that makes them uncomfortable or that is inappropriate.
  2. Establish Check-up Rules. Parents need to let their teenagers know that they will be checking their accounts periodically. Parents should request that teens provide up-to-date login information as part of the conditions of being online and that the information is not negotiable. While teens may resist, claiming that this is an invasion of privacy, it’s important for parents to see what minor children are doing online.
  3. Limit Use. Social media has the potential to take up a lot of time for teens, so parents can set limits on where and when teens have access to electronics. Many parents insist that there will be no electronics during family dinners, after bedtime and when visitors are present (such as grandparents). Parents should also practice what they preach and limit their own electronics use in the same situations.
  4. Learn the Technology. Parents should never voluntarily stay in the dark when it comes to social media. If a teen joins a social media site, a parent should as well. Whether it’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or an online chat room, parents need to become as savvy as possible with social media. Parents should note that if a teen’s social media activity seems to taper off, it’s possible that the teen has set up an alternate account.
  5. Outline Penalties. Often, teens try to push the boundaries and rules set up to protect them when using social media. Parents should establish what the punishments will be for teens that break the rules beforehand. That way, teens know the consequences of misbehaving and parents can easily enact penalties rather than seem inconsistent on enforcing the rules.  Teens will quickly learn that breaking the rules leads to a loss of privilege and most teens would rather keep their electronics and live by the rules.

It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their teens are using social media responsibly and are not instigating or receiving cyberbullying. Parents can also help safeguard impressionable teens from online predators. However, parents can only help their teens if they are involved and active, so it’s critical for parents to set up rules regarding social media use for teens.

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Prevent Online Predators from Targeting Your Children

One of the great benefits to the growth of the internet has been the unique communicative methods that have developed. Chat rooms and social networking sites would be among the most entertaining of these online communication venues. However, they can also be the most dangerous since they are often used as a vehicle for predators to target children. This is why parents and guardians need to follow some serious advice: you have to take steps to stop online predators from targeting your children.

The steps to take to protect children from online predators is not difficult. All that is required is following a few basic steps to achieve the desired results.

Inform Children of the Dangers of Chatting Online

You do not want to scare your children when you inform them of the dangers, but you do have to stress to them the seriousness of the issue. This begins with telling them that the internet allows someone to communicate anonymously. This means a person may not be who he claims to be. An adult can pretend to be a child and do so to cause harm to an actual child he is targeted. Letting children know this situation exists allows them to be forewarned about any dangers.

Concrete Steps Parents and Adults can Take

* Talk alone might not prove to be enough. This is why it is necessary to take a number of steps to ensure that children are protected from being targeted by online predators. Here are a number of those steps to take:

* Always look at the history of the browser in the internet tools section. Through examining the history of the browser, parents can have a clear idea of the type of website, social networks and chat rooms the child is visiting. This way, appropriate action can be taken.

* Purchase and install parental control software. Software of this nature is designed to help block access to any sites that might be considered threatening to a child. It also can ensure rules parents put down regarding how a child is to surf the internet is adhered to.

* Place the computer in an area of the home which is a public area. This can allow for greater monitoring of how the child uses the internet. It also makes it impossible for any VoIP or video chats without knowing.

* Set time limits on how often the computer can be used per day.

* Children should be limited to only chatting in public chat rooms. They should be specifically barred from any private one on one chats because these type of chats are where predators can behave in a manner that is not being seen by others in the public chat room.

* All age requirements for social networking sites and chat room must be followed. If a member must be 14 years of age or older, then it is of paramount importance no child under that age should be able to sign up.

Small Steps Yield Great Results

These steps may be seen as being very simple, but they are steps that can be successful. Once instituted, these steps can work a great deal towards preventing online predators from effectively targeted young children.

Author’s Bio: David Anderson is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. His blog Myispfinder.org focuses on telecom bloggers and technology bloggers.

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