When my daughter told me that she wanted to have her own private email address, I could understand where she was coming from. After all, she was about to turn 14 years old, and I still had her using the family email account. I didn’t mind if she created a new email address for herself, but I did tell her that I wanted the information for her Hotmail.com login. She may be 14 soon, but I know that she is still a little girl in a lot of ways, and I want to do my best to protect her.
I don’t mind if she emails with her school friends or family members who live far from us, but I did not want her emailing with random strangers that she had met online. I explained the dangers of the online world, and I know that I scared her with stories about other girls her age who were not monitored and had horrible outcomes when it came to meeting strangers online. Some may not agree with my parenting tactics, but I love my daughter. That means that I want to be able to monitor anything that is suspicious, including her email account.
I do trust my daughter. It’s just that I don’t trust people who are out there luring kids into trusting them. The good thing is that my daughter trusts me too. When I told her I would monitor her email without invading her privacy, she understood that I would not read her email. I have no reason to do that. She is a good kid, and she has a good head on her shoulders. That is the main reason why I said okay when she wanted her own Hotmail email account. She has had it for several months now, and she has been really good with it!