There are so many amazing social networks and platforms that allow you to stay in touch with friends and family who live aboard. One of my favourites is Skype: We regularly have Skype sessions with my family, because it’s lovely for us to see each other’s faces when we talk to each other. I always feel more connected to them when I can see their emotions and Amy has become a real little entertainer in front of the camera making everyone laugh with her funny faces and dance moves. Are we raising the next big Hollywood star without knowing it?
The great thing about Skype is though that you can use it for so many more things than just keeping in touch with your loved ones. Skype is a brilliant educational tool too. We used it a lot at uni to speak to lecturers from partner universities all over the world and I really can’t rate it enough. You can beam experts from Brisbane into a class room in Southampton or worldwide acting companies can speak to board members who are at the other side of the globe.
Now Skype allows children as young as primary school age to learn via video conferences or video calls. More and more schools use the free program to allow children to learn from experts who are too busy or far away to come into their class room. Try it out yourself! Organise a Skype session with your child’s school or video call an expert from the comfort of your home. It’s great fun!