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Have you done that? If not, do it.
Did you stop there? Maybe you should pause to ponder the role of the WWW in your child's future.
What about their favorite hobby, pasttime, talent? Might it be natural for your child to someday want to have a website or blog about their favorite activity? Perhaps in the future (like now) kids won't be flipping burgers at Mickey D's or delivering newspapers, like I did when I was 12. Maybe they are future affiliate marketers? At least for making money for car insurance . . .?
What about their career? Are your children of the age where they are talking about a career path or career ideas? Might you do some good by picking up a domain or two related to their possible career interests?
I know. Things change so you don't know for certain what domains to register and you might not know what domains to register for a 2 year old. Still, if you register a domain that's not your kid's love later in life maybe someone else might someday inquire and reimburse your costs.
While you are busy encouraging your children to study hard and all that other stuff you do as a parent you might consider whether having the right website name - today, in 2007 - might afford him or her a bit of a marketplace advantage later in life - in next year.
Domains for kids: It's not just about the names your chose for them.
Having said that, there are plenty of family websites with photos etc out there and you will find plenty of photos of kids both with and without their parents posted by their parents on dating websites.
Common sense (often not so common) should prevail.
Not only was I concerned about nasty grownups preying on children, but I was also oncerned about parents suspecting I was such a predator.
All I can say is parents have a duty of care. We don't allow our children to play near busy roads, not should we allow them unbridled access to the web.
Certainly, the ease with which home addresses can appear in WHOIS is a bit of worry for me as far as Joe Public is concerned.
Of course, we all hope that it's (4), or at least (3).
Has anyone named their kid based on what domain names were still available?
Reuters carried a story [uk.reuters.com] a couple of weeks ago:
"A Chinese couple tried to name their baby "@", claiming the character used in e-mail addresses echoed their love for the child, an official trying to whip the national language into line said on Thursday." [Aug 16, 2007]
I'm lucky he was born in the wee hours of the morning, and I had all day. My wife didn't really appreciate that I had a brand new son, and I scurried off to register a domain.
Domain namess will be important for a long time to come.
He had plans to buy the company he was working for (the owner wanted to retire), but they didn't have a website or even a domain in waiting. I was able to pick up the perfect domain on a drop catch. It made a really cool Christmas gift a couple of years ago!
I registered my son's name ON the day he was born. I think it's cool that he has a domain creation date on his birthday... hope he does too. ;)
Another cool thing to do when a child is born is to go out and buy as many different newspapers as you can for that day and buy current issues of leading magazines. Put them in an archival box. The child will enjoy reading about the world when he was born later on in life.
I registered my son's name ON the day he was born. I think it's cool that he has a domain creation date on his birthday.
It was my goal to register my daughter's name on the day she was born but I was just too caught up in the moment to think about anything but her. It took me three days before I came to my senses! Not only did I get her firstnamelastname.com, I secured all the other major TLDs. That way she's covered depending on what she decides to do. ;)
I also went one step further and got firstnamemiddlename.com. She'll like that. All of them are registered in 10 year intervals. I'm not taking any chances.
Don't forget, this not only applies to children. It could apply to your parents, grandparents, etc. firstnamelastname.com TLDs are a one time deal. To receive one as a gift is priceless.
If you really want to go overboard, just by an entire TLD portfolio for the recipient! Get all the TLDs while they are still available. Register them for 10 years (or whatever the max available) at a pop.
Go to your local office supplies store. Find the preprinted bordered certificates. You know, they have them with gold leaf and other intricate designs. Get a few of them. Next time you purchase a TLD for someone as a gift, present it to them in certificate form. You could even go as far as framing it. Again, these are once in a lifetime gifts.
Someone also needs to make sure that the registration of the domain remains in force at all times. You don't want those expiring. Since I manage the ones I've purchased, when renewals come up, I'll just send another card with a confirmation that I've renewed the domain for 10 more years as a gift. At some point they will want me to develop a website. :)
I paid little attention to buying personal domains until recently, and I severely regret missing out on registering the .com of my surname (registered in 2004), and worse, the .ca of my son's first name - which was registered three months after his birth. I own the .ca of my surname (hyphenated and non-hyphenated) which is absolutely perfect for use as my personal email address: firstname at last-name dot ca.
[edited by: encyclo at 7:12 pm (utc) on Sep. 8, 2007]
I also went one step further and got firstnamemiddlename.com.
I know two teenage girls who are now using their first name - middle name as their "name of choice" -- I dunno if this is the "latest new name" ;-) or just a coincidence. (I don't have daughters.)
First name - middle name for daughters also allows for marriage name changes :-p
my kids will blog to earn allowance when they're old enough
Sounds logical to me. I have web lessons with my oldest son every Monday. He is 11 now, so he is starting to learn PHP. The deal is that when he turns 12, I will teach him to make money from his site.
I bought aboutfirstname.com for each of my kids. I felt a bit nervous about the firstlastname.com because of the perdator threat online. I figured just having the first name gave some anonimity.
Don't forget that you can bypass trademark restrictions if a trademark is your name. e.g. if I called a kid 'Webmasterworld', he'd be able to register and use any unregistered WebmasterWorld.TLD ...
But can you call a kid 'Webmasterworld' knowing it is already trademarked by someone else, and then claim rights to the domain name?
Will it have to go to court where both the ownership of the name and the kid will be legally awarded to Webmasterworld? ;)