Do you get enough face time with your children? How about your grandchildren? Unless you’re lucky enough to have your kids nearby, you’re probably always looking for ways to keep in touch.
Video Calling Apps
When little ones are growing and developing so quickly, you miss so much when you’re in another city or state or even country. Did you know that kids are much more likely to remember you when you’re sharing screen time with them? Turns out facial recognition counts for a lot!
The next best thing to being there in person is to stay in touch with our loved ones by phone or video chat. Thankfully, today’s technology provides us with lots of options to stay connected. If you haven’t already found which app best works for you, or if you’d like different or better options, here’s a list of ways to share a screen and get enough face time with your grandchildren:
Facebook Video Chat is a fairly new addition to Facebook, which is why you might or might not see the video camera icon at the top of each Chat window. Facebook’s Video Chat is actually powered by Skype, an Internet telephone service. Facebook offers video chat because they know that nothing is better than a face-to-face conversation.
WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion. WhatsApp is just what it says. It’s an app you download and install on your phone to make free calls, including video chats anywhere in the world. The beauty of WhatsApp is you can use it anywhere just like you can use your phone. Many use this app to call family and friends that are overseas to avoid expensive voice calls from their phone service provider. You can use WhatsApp to make calls, send pictures or text messages.
Skype was acquired by Microsoft to replace Windows Live Messenger and is now fully compatible with Android phones. You can now access your address book from the app. Skype allows unlimited one on one video chats whether on your phone or through your desktop computer. Group chats are included. You can download Skype to use on your phone, tablet or desktop or you can simple use it in your browser window on Skype’s site.