It doesn’t really matter which email provider you choose. Gmail, Hotmail (owned by Microsoft_… whichever you like is fine for this exercise. I used a mix of Gmail and Hotmail accounts for this exercise.
Gmail sign up – https://accounts.google.com/signup
Hotmail sign up – https://signup.live.com/
Children under 13
Note that each provider will have a minimum age listed of 13.
* It has been noted that many schools provide links considered “inappropriate” for children under 13 – such as links to YouTube videos. This results in children being unable to access these as they can only access restricted versions of YouTube.
If your child doesn’t have an email account already there are certain terms and conditions you can read up on about creating an email account for kids younger than 13.
The basics steps are still create the account with the child’s correct birth date – you will then be prompted to enter your email account which will then verify guardianship.
Gmail will try to get you to sign up for the Family Link product, which isn’t being considered for this article so you can ignore.
In the case of Gmail, signing up a child under your account gives you these features:
Until reaching 13 (or applicable age in your country) and decides to manage their account on their own, you can do things such as:
- Update your child’s account info & some settings
Such as their name and birthday.
- Delete their account
You can recover their account for a limited period of time after you delete it.
- Manage their activity controls
You can manage settings such as how Google collects your child’s Web & App Activity.
Important to setup a recovery email/phone numbers
During the setup phase of your kids email account (or here if you forgot to do it) you can set a recovery email address and/or phone number. Make these your email address and phone number. This is really important because if your child forgets their email account password, you’ll be able to help them reset it.