How To Keep Connected To Your Grandchildren

Whilst we’re all staying safe indoors, we miss the chances to visit friends and family. There are a lot of ways to stay connected to the ones we love through these uncertain times.

Technology doesn’t have to be scary! Below are some easy to use platforms to chat to your friends and family.

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If you have an iPhone – you can video call other people who have an iPhone as well. Look for the green icon that has a video camera logo – it’s called FaceTime.

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This app can be used for global calls, both audio and video calling. Skype can be downloaded to any device or can be accessed by any web browser. The great thing about Skype is that you can have multiple people on the call at once, so the whole family can join in!

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This is the app for you if you have an Android phone! You can download Google Duo from the app store. It can be used on all devices including phones, tablets, computers, including web browsers. Duo lets you chat with up to eight people at one time, and if the person you’re calling doesn’t pick up, you can leave a quick video message.

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger

If you have a Facebook account, you can private message your friends at any point through the messenger app. You can also use this app to have a video chat with your friends or family. If you prefer not to download the Messenger app, you can place audio and video called through Facebook’s desktop website. Just open up a message winder with once of your Facebook friends and click on the phone or camera icon in the upper-right-hand corner.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  1. Whatever device you choose to video call your family or friends on, check that they and yourself have a camera. Most phones and tablets do, but check what device they would like to chat on too!
  2. Calls over a WiFi connection are free, but standard data charges apply to those calls placed via cellular service
  3. Don’t get frustrated! These are tough times for everyone but we can pull through and adapt together.
  4. If you are struggling, a company called ReadyTechGo, teaches computer tricks to seniors and those who want to learn!

Need more inspiration? Check out Judy Brigg’s story on staying connected:

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