young students don't have email addresses- what to do?

I'd love to use this site for collaborative creative writing with my students. Problem is, most elementary school kids don't have email addresses and requiring one raises equity issues, if you know what I mean. Is there a way to have students participate without email addresses?
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  • EMPLOYEE
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    How old are these students of yours? If they're closer to middle school age most kids have an email address to access sites like Facebook, so a simple poll of your students might be helpful.

    As to the actual question, there's no way to make an account on Protagonize without a valid email address at present, and that likely will not change.

    The one work around I can see is asking the children's parents to create the accounts for them. Children under the age of 13 need parental consent to create an account on their own, anyhow.
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  • EMPLOYEE
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    Hi RLeonard,

    Apologies for not responding sooner, I didn't see the notification of this question until just now.

    I have actually had this comment from a few folks. Protagonize is primarily aimed at 13 year olds and up, and younger children require parental consent to register. However, I've noticed elementary school teachers and instructors starting to use the site with younger kids now, too.

    I've given it some thought and we will likely implement a system for teachers to create sub-accounts for younger students down the road. Unfortunately, there isn't a quick-fix to this issue so it'll take some time to implement.

    In the meantime, as Jack suggested above, younger users could also have their parents create accounts for them using their parents' email addresses. I know it's not an ideal solution, but it will have to suffice until we can provide alternative registration methods.

    Cheers,
    -nick / protagonize
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