How to Create a Kid's Email Address

The Federal Trade Commission's guidelines under The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act specify that children are to be protected from sharing information online. To comply, some email providers, such as Google's Gmail, disallow children from opening email accounts; other email providers, such as Yahoo! and Hotmail, require parental permission and verification that the applicant is an adult.

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Open an email account for a child.

Hotmail

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Go to hotmail.com. Locate and click the "Sign Up" button. Enter your child's personal information, such as name and birth date. Select a user ID and password for him. Then click "Continue."

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Select the "Get Permission Now" option on the following screen. This option advises you your child will need an adult's permission to open a Hotmail account.

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Select the option "Yes, give mychild@hotmail.com permission to use Microsoft Online Services." Click the "Continue" button.

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Select either "Sign In Now" or "Create an Account." Select "Sign In" if you, the adult, already have an Windows Live account. Type your own User ID and password, then sign in.

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Click "Create an Account" if you don't currently have a Windows Live account. Choose your own User ID and password. After you have signed in, press "Continue" again.

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Enter your credit card account details and press "Continue." Your credit card will not be charged. This information is used to verify you are an adult. Hit "Continue" to authorize your credit card details and set up a Hotmail email account for your child.

Yahoo!

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Go to mail.yahoo.com. Click the "Sign Up" option under the user ID and password fields.

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Enter your child's personal information, such as her name and birth date. Select a user ID and password for her. Press the "Create My Account" button. You will then be redirected to a consent page because the user is not currently 18 years old.

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Type in your own Yahoo! user ID and password. Then select to "Sign In."

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If you don't have a Yahoo! account, you can select the option to create your own account on the consent page.

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Type in your child's Yahoo! ID and password again. Then type your credit card account details.

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Click "Place Order and Create ID." Yahoo! charges a one-time fee of 50 cents. You will then be redirected to your child's Yahoo! email account.