This project's funding goal was not reached on October 20, 2013.
About this project
Why build email for kids?
Our kids are growing up with technology all around them. We're building Cubtab to help introduce our kids to the online world in a way that's fun, engaging, and safe.
Gmail, Yahoo, and other email services are great for grown ups—but they don't work for kids. Not only are they stacked full of advertisements, but they are designed for adults, and kids don't find them fun. But even more importantly, they don't provide parents with the tools they need to ensure their children are safe.
What's the solution?
Cubtab is specifically designed for kids. We're stripping out everything that makes email complex, and creating a fun and engaging experience for children. With Cubtab, kids can create messages that include drawings, stickers, and audio messages.
We're also building a moderation app that allows parents to monitor and control what their child sees. With the moderation app, parents can quickly approve or reject incoming and outgoing messages from their iPhone or the web.
The Cubtab Email App
We're building Cubtab for iPad and the web. There's virtually no learning curve and kids love using it. Messages are grouped by contact which makes it easy to keep track of conversations.
Children will love being able to add drawings to their messages. This is especially nice for younger kids who aren't yet able to write, but want to send a message to Grandma or another family member.
Kids can also record and attach audio to a message. Want to make Grandma's day? Attach both a drawing and an audio recording!
Kids love stickers, and including them in their messages and drawings will be a cinch. We're designing a fun set of stickers that your children can use to enhance their messages.
Want to help design a custom sticker? Make sure to check out our $100 pledge level.
The Moderation App
We're creating a tool for parents that makes it easy to keep track of Cubtab activity. Parents can moderate messages from their iPhone or the web. You decide what content is appropriate for your child.
By default, contacts will be on the "Yellow List" and will require moderation before the message is sent or received.
Trusted contacts can be "Green Listed" to forego the need for moderation, which allows messages to be sent freely back and forth.
"Red Listed" contacts cannot send or receive messages to/from your child.
At any time a parent can view all Cubtab activity, such as: sent/received messages, contacts added, child logins, and more.
Our goals with Kickstarter are two-fold:
1. We want to get Cubtab into the hands of our supporters so we can get real-world feedback before we open up to a wider audience. When you become a supporter, you will get access to our private pre-release where you can reserve your children's email address and start using the app before we open it up to the masses.
2. There are several costs associated with opening Cubtab up to the general public. The money you give will help us get things up and running in a more timely manner.
With your support, Cubtab will be up and running in no-time!
Who are you guys?
Risks and challenges
We want to ensure that Cubtab effectively protects against spam and other unwanted messages. We are working diligently to finish the product with intensive QA testing and will not launch until we are 100% confident that our product is ready.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We plan on charging $4-5/month for your first child, and $1/month for any additional kids.
Since we will NEVER have ads or sell your information, the only way to keep this product alive is to have your support. Our goal is to keep the cost as low as possible for you, and still provide an amazing experience.
The primary cost is to get the infrastructure in place to run Cubtab. We also have plenty more design, development, QA, and testing to undergo before we launch.
We're also going to hire a designer (or three) to help design the custom stickers for the app INCLUDING the CUSTOM STICKERS offered above!
The short answer is, yes.
We are building the Cubtab email app for the iPad and the web. The web version will be optimized for tablets, so your child can still use Cubtab on an Android device.
As Cubtab gains traction, we'll tackle Android next.
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