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I am looking for a kid-friendly E-Mail package for a 68K
Mac.  I saw at Media Play a package from Connect Soft called
"EMail For Kids", which is a friendly E-Mail program for
kids, complete with various "security" hacks (limits on
who the kid(s) can send E-Mail too, limits on words, limits
on number of messages, etc.).  The problem is this is a MS-Windows program and Connect Soft has no plans to make a
Mac version.  I have a couple of nieces (5 and 8) and both
of my sisters (their mom's) have Macs.  I think at least the
older one might be interested in exploring the world of E-Mail, so I'd like to get an E-Mail package that is kid oriented.  Both of my sisters use Eudora and MacPPP.  I've
done some web searches (AltaVista) and searched www.shareware.com.  I don't really care if the package is
commercial, shareware, or freeware.
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Heller - your question has been around for a long time, and that indicates that a number of us (me included) did searches to try to find what you were looking for.  I guess the short answer is that there are none around (perhaps a golden opportunity for a Mac shareware programmer?)

My suggestion is that you make sure they are using Eudora, which is easy for kids to learn, and there is a very effective Filter command in the Special menu that allows you to regulate extremely well whose letters will end up in the In box. An excellent program to filter out spam has been designed for the Mac Eudora, and is available at

http://www.public.usit.net/nwcs/Spam/Spam.html

I believe this is your best solution under the circumstances.

Rifty.
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Both of my sisters (and my Mom) are using Eurdora on their Macs.

Eurdora is probably a reasonable solution for my 9 year niece.
I am not sure just how much the not quite 6 year old will take to
a "pure" text interface -- she is more likely to want/need the
sort of interface provided by Edmark's products -- nice friendly
and "talkative" cartoon characters. OTHO, she is actually really
into reading and writing (between Bailey's Bookhouse and the fact
that she has been in a K1 class for the past school year, she seems to be pushing hard to be literate).

Yes this is a certainly a "golden opportunity" for a Mac shareware programmer.  Or else a letter writing campaign to Connect Soft, or a new market that Edmark can squeeze Connect Soft out of.

Another question:  can Eudora be set up to separate email for
several different people, who all might be sharing the same
"family" E-Mail address?  My brother-in-law might be in contact
with people whose language and subject matter might not be apropriate for a 6 year old. Right now, only my sister and her husband actually deal with E-Mail.  Their kid only uses various kid programs (like Bailey's Bookhouse and Kid Pix).  The Mac has Edmark's "Kid Desk, family edition" installed, which keeps things
like Netscape and Eudora out of reach and makes things like Kid
Pix available and keeps the pictures in a managable area on the disk.  It is my understanding that Connect Soft's "EMail for Kids" somehow keeps track of the kid's mail separately from the
parents' mail.  (Which might require some cooperation from the
ISP or might not -- I can think of one hack off the top of my head to handle this issue that does not require anything special from the ISP.)
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