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New email system for 4-year olds

iPad has just launched a free new app – called Maily. It’s an email system specifically designed for children from 4 years old. The app allows children to create visual messages using digital pencils, stickers, backgrounds and photographs taken using the iPad camera.

The designs can then be sent to people on a list of contacts which is created and managed by parents. Parents are also able to monitor what the child sends and receives.

However, questions will be asked about the absolute safety of introducing children to such technology at such a young age and what the consequences could be for online child protection.