Most kids have their first digital experience with e-mail. There isn't an accepted "right" age for a first e-mail account, and there are many variables to consider. For young kids, e-mail accounts can be tricky because they don't always understand the ins and outs of their use.
The anonymity of the online world is where the danger begins and keeps on going. As adults, we usually recognize the dangers of being separated by a computer even when the person on the other end is known to us. At the same time, how tempting it can be to shoot from the hip and just rattle off an unedited, uncensored e-mail! That does occur, doesn't it? If we as adults recognize how tempting it can be to send those sorts of communications and how difficult it can be to tap into the restraint to not respond when we receive an inflammatory communication, imagine how difficult it is for a developing child at any age.
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