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This article was published on February 12, 2014

    Tocomail makes email child’s play

    Tocomail makes email child’s play
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

    Available for iPhone, iPad and the Web, Tocomail officially unveils its child-focused email client today. And we think you’ll like it – well, your kids might.

    While email may not traditionally be associated with something that younger kids do, Tocomail reimagines the medium very much with children in mind, giving parents ultimate control over their emailing activity.

    Granted, most probably won’t be interested in forming large chunks of text, which is why it features a drawing board, custom avatar tool, picture timeline and a very colorful design. Want to impress grandma with a personal email? Send a picture with a short message rather than a long soliloquy.

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    While the free version serves up basic parental controls, featuring a ‘safe list’ of contacts, the premium version ($2.99 a month or $29.99 a year) delivers more advanced controls, including a quarantine box, profanity filter and enhanced contact list. Additionally, parents can also opt to receive a copy of a quarantined email to their regular email account.

    Interestingly, a new feature will be added shortly – a ‘bullying recognizer’ will notify parents if it detects patterns that suggest their child is being bullied.

    Tocomail offers personalized email addresses (e.g. [email protected]), with push notifications sent directly to their iOS device when a new message is received. And while the app reminds us a little of Maily in many ways, Tocomail brings enough new features and its own look-and-feel to merit a look.

    Tocomail is available online and in the App Store now.

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