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How to use Skype to stay in touch with the kids

Whether you live apart from your kids or grandkids, or are away on business, it’s easy to stay in touch using Skype. Read on for our top tips on how to keep the kids happy with video calling and more.

Use Skype to say hello

Skype is great for keeping in touch with friends and family, near or far. So whether you’re showing off a new kitten, opening presents at Christmas or just looking for a general chat, why not get all the family involved by video calling using your computer, laptop or TV?

Video call at story time

Even if you’re not there to read them a bed-time story in person, you can make sure you send them off to sleep sweetly by reading to them over a Skype video call.

Use international calls when you’re far away

If you’re travelling the world and missing the grandkids or away on business, you can always use cheap international calls to stay in touch. And now Skype is available on iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

Take an interest in what they’re doing with file transfers and screen shares

Whether they want you to double-check their homework or take a look at a picture they’ve drawn-up and scanned-in, you can use Skype file transfers and screen shares to show your kids you really are interested in what they’ve been getting into.

Help make learning fun by taking a peek at Skype’s classroom resources

If you’re home-schooling or trying to keep those brains active, you can find projects and inspiration at ‘Skype in the classroom’ – a free global community and resource share for teachers. If your kids aren’t using it at school already, why not recommend it to their teacher?

How do you use Skype to keep in touch with the kids? Any tips?

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