What is it?

BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) is a copy of an email message that is sent to a recipient who is not visible to other people receiving the same email.

How does it work?

When sending an email you have three addressing options:

  1. Directly address the email to a person or people and everyone can see their names. (There must be at least one entry in this field).
  2. Use CC (Carbon Copy) to send a copy of an email to another party and everyone can see their address.
  3. Use BCC where the address or addresses are hidden to others receiving the email.

Why is it useful?

Using BCC is useful when you need someone else to receive an email but to hide this from other recipients. Using BCC is especially important when sending an email to a list of people who may not know each other and will not want their email address shared with strangers.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and BCC?

Because a hidden copy of an email is being sent to a person or group of people, you may wish to discuss with your child the consequences of sending a message to someone when other people don't know about it.

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