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    Noogle

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    Family account in Gmail

    This may have been asked here before. Is there any way to create a family account in Gmail similar to what Yahoo offers to US residents? If there is a way, can people in Canada create one as well?

    Thanks a bunch,

    Sri.

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    No, there is no special Gmail family account. Really, all you need to know is the child's password and you can go into their account. There isn't any way to block e-mail addresses, but when your child gets one of those bad e-mails, (and they shouldn't get one unless they go to those bad sites and sign up with their e-mail), you could just check the box next to the message and then click the 'Spam' button.

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    Interesting Idea...

    No, unfortunately there is no "family" feature to use on Gmail. An interesting idea, however, would for such a feature to be made available-for example, have Gmail accounts where your account is oriented for a family and offer parental controls, or to think in a different perspective, oriented for a work environment, and have a more business oriented tools and themes available with the Gmail service. Such customization that you suggest would be interesting to view in use for Gmail.

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    good suggestion! request post the same in the google groups also in gmail group! there is a possibility that it may be listened to!!

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    It would be quite good but then again i don't want anyone reading my mail for special people

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    Thanks for your comments.

    Haven't checked this newsgroup in a while and thanks a lot for your comments. As kids grow up, they may change the password to their email account so that parents may not be able to see what is going on. One advantage with the family accounts is that it restores parental control so that parents can check their children's accounts even though passwords may have been changed.

    I am all for respecting kids privacy, but (in my humble opinion) it is worthwhile to keep an eye on their email correspondence.

    Cheers,

    Sri.

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    Well you can opt for other softwares. there are a lot of parental control softwares around. Having a parental control email wont hurt either. But its better to get a software if you wanna keep tab on your kids overall brosing habbits.

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    Re: Interesting Idea...

    Quote Originally Posted by CryptoStorm13
    No, unfortunately there is no "family" feature to use on Gmail. An interesting idea, however, would for such a feature to be made available-for example, have Gmail accounts where your account is oriented for a family and offer parental controls, or to think in a different perspective, oriented for a work environment, and have a more business oriented tools and themes available with the Gmail service. Such customization that you suggest would be interesting to view in use for Gmail.
    I think this might be against Google's anti-censorship philosophy

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    Re: Thanks for your comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by sramamur
    I am all for respecting kids privacy, but (in my humble opinion) it is worthwhile to keep an eye on their email correspondence.
    I strongly disagree. Things like ****ography spark curiousity in children. If you halt them from learning more, their curiousity will develop into an obsession. It's an integral part of growing up to discover such things. You can't hide the truth. While I do believe ****ography may lay a lasting negative influence and impact on a child's psyche, if you try to reason with your child and tell them exactly why they shouldn't view ****ography, instead of commanding "DON'T WATCH ****", they are less like to disobey you than if you were to block access to those sites since the children of today can easily find work-arounds to these.
    It is natural for growing boys to be fascinated with the features of the opposite sex. I would advise my son against ****ography, since I myself am against it however I would leave it up to his own free will.

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    Here's a workable hack you guys can use until Google introduces family accounts:

    1.) Teach children right from wrong before they learn how to type.
    2.) Back off and give the kids some respect.
    3.) ???
    4.) PROFIT!

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    Re: Thanks for your comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miliardo Peacecraft
    Quote Originally Posted by sramamur
    I am all for respecting kids privacy, but (in my humble opinion) it is worthwhile to keep an eye on their email correspondence.
    I strongly disagree. Things like ****ography spark curiousity in children. If you halt them from learning more, their curiousity will develop into an obsession. It's an integral part of growing up to discover such things. You can't hide the truth. While I do believe ****ography may lay a lasting negative influence and impact on a child's psyche, if you try to reason with your child and tell them exactly why they shouldn't view ****ography, instead of commanding "DON'T WATCH ****", they are less like to disobey you than if you were to block access to those sites since the children of today can easily find work-arounds to these.
    It is natural for growing boys to be fascinated with the features of the opposite sex. I would advise my son against ****ography, since I myself am against it however I would leave it up to his own free will.
    What does ****ography have to do with Gmail? I'd be more worried about my kids chatting with "friends" they met over the internet...

    "Hey Tommy! Let's meet in the alley on your way home from school!"
    "Okay! Should I bring my parent's credit cards like you asked?"

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    Re: Thanks for your comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by snafu
    Quote Originally Posted by Miliardo Peacecraft
    Quote Originally Posted by sramamur
    I am all for respecting kids privacy, but (in my humble opinion) it is worthwhile to keep an eye on their email correspondence.
    I strongly disagree. Things like ****ography spark curiousity in children. If you halt them from learning more, their curiousity will develop into an obsession. It's an integral part of growing up to discover such things. You can't hide the truth. While I do believe ****ography may lay a lasting negative influence and impact on a child's psyche, if you try to reason with your child and tell them exactly why they shouldn't view ****ography, instead of commanding "DON'T WATCH ****", they are less like to disobey you than if you were to block access to those sites since the children of today can easily find work-arounds to these.
    It is natural for growing boys to be fascinated with the features of the opposite sex. I would advise my son against ****ography, since I myself am against it however I would leave it up to his own free will.
    What does ****ography have to do with Gmail? I'd be more worried about my kids chatting with "friends" they met over the internet...

    "Hey Tommy! Let's meet in the alley on your way home from school!"
    "Okay! Should I bring my parent's credit cards like you asked?"
    Post count, avatar and spam.

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    family e-mail - great idea

    This is a great idea... been looking for a way to get my son some e-mail access without having to be freaked out about spam and stuff.

    Anyone know of any good services like this? Anyone recommend this to gmail?

    brandner

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    It would be great if Gmail did offer family accounts with parental controls.

    As a half measure you can set up filters on a kid's account so that all mail your child receives gets forwarded to you. There's nothing to stop your kid from changing the filter, but for some situations where the issue is less about trusting the kid than wanting to be aware who is sending him or her e-mail, that might be sufficient.

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    dude,
    I disagree with family account idea!
    I hate someone reading my mails since its in privacy
    -Lance

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    I agree with this.
    Why? So I can peak into my bro's account and read all him PMs lol.
    regards: Svylia

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    I've been allowed on the internet unsupervised since I was around.. 10 years old? (I am 14 now)

    Never understood how kids can try to meet up with people they've never met in person before..
    My mom has always kept an eye on me, im not allowed to just go out and meet random people whenever I want. Back then the most I did was play on http://www.neopets.com and make cheap websites filled with dragonball GT gifs on geocities.com.

    These parental features.. never had them used on me before, but with that, I'd probably not know how to cause and fix havoc on computers, I wouldn't know alot of dark things, I'd probably be alot like the average student at my highschool, not knowing anything more than MSN on their computer. I'd hate having parental settings on my email address.. well I actually wouldn't mind so much.. I dont use it to chat with people and every un-wanted spam selling ****** is automatically sent away to my spam folder.. only now with Gmail.. hotmail was horrible.

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