SafetyWeb

View a FREE sample report for your child.

SafetyWeb will never share or sell your child's personal information. View our Privacy Policy

Why Do You Need SafetyWeb?

SafetyWeb scans the web for public info about your child. We keep you informed on the security and privacy of your child, instantly alerting you to changes or dangers. Learn more »

Parenting: Children Connect via Video Playdates

Parents, get ready. The next big thing your child may want is a video playdate. Although not widely accepted yet, video playdates (using video-conferencing software like Skype) are becoming more and more popular among young children. Once parents set up the computer, their children are able to interact remotely and play games with friends who moved away, or new friends that they’ve never actually met face to face. Some parents, like Robin Riggs of North Carolina, believe exposing children to playmates in other countries may introduce them to different cultures and languages at an early age.

Researchers like Lana Yarosh, a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia Tech University, are working with Microsoft Research to find entertaining ways for 7 and 8-year-olds to play via video chat and improve the user (albeit toddler) experience.

“It’s better than texting and some of the other, more remote kinds of contact," warns Laurie Zelinger, a Ph.D. child psychologist, “However, I don’t think it’s a good substitute for in-person play opportunities.”

For more information on this story, click here.

Tell us what you think!


Tagged as: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Response


Please note: comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

About this Blog

Welcome to the SafetyWeb blog. We set this up so that our employees and guest bloggers would have a forum to discuss pertinent and emerging topics related to online safety. We will cover topics such as Online Friends and Online Reputation Management. Our goal is to empower parents and protect kids and teens. To that end, we will often point you to any of our own internal reference articles, as well as external resources that we find useful. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like us to address, please send us an email. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy this blog, our free resources, and the SafetyWeb product. Here's to online safety!

- The SafetyWeb Team

Creative Commons License
SafetyWeb Blog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.