Dear Amy: Can you give children e-mail advice? — Kailani, Bronx, N.Y.
Dear Kailani: The first thing you'll need to get started is an e-mail account. Kids who are 12 years old or younger can't register online without an adult. If you're 12 or under, have your parents let you use their e-mail or sign up for an e-mail account that they can share with you. A basic e-mail has a sender, a receiver, a subject line and a message, or body. Some e-mail providers have cool features like colored fonts. Ever wonder what cc or bcc means? You can find out how to use these features as well as more complicated tasks such as adding an attachment when you visit http://web.mit.edu/braintrust/tet/email/9.html.
E-mail attachments let you add pictures, documents and other files to your messages. Sometimes my friends and I like to share pictures through e-mail, but we're always careful never to open pictures or other kinds of attachments from anyone we don't know. Viruses can be spread through attachments. There are ways to spot a suspicious e-mail attachment. Learn how to identify the dangeorus ones by checking out the tips at www.netsafe.org.nz/kids/email_
attachments.aspx. (This page is no longer available.)
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