Maily: an email app for kids that isn't dumbed down


MailyHomelifeMaily is a fun way for kids of 4 and up to stay in touch with their relatives by email. It's a free iPad app that allows parents to set up a list of email recipients, in the form of headshots. Your kid can create images by mixing photos, freehand drawing, and drag-and-drop skip art onto the screen, then send it to a recipient by tapping their headshot.

Paranoid parents can use a setting that shunts their kid's incoming email into their own inbox, so they can make sure grandma didn't send an off-color joke before forwarding it to junior.

The design and ease-of-use are excellent. I wish Gmail was more like this!

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  1. “And to reply, they just have to log into their Maily dashboard online.  It’s that simple.”

    Perhaps it would be simpler to let them reply from their email client?

    1. I had the same reaction.  “Nice job, devs. Oh, I can’t just reply from my email client?  Nevermind.”

    2. That was my reaction too.  It look like the ‘dashboard’ lets you create “Replies are especially designed to appeal to kids, in a visual and colourful manner.” (according to their website) 

  2. If the camera angle was angled just a little bit to the right, and the sailboat was placed on top of that blue bin, then this scene would be right out of a Wes Anderson movie.

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