Grandparents use video conferencing to stay in touch with grandkids

Monday, August 2 2010

Video conferencing isn’t just for businesspeople - older generations are using video conferencing technology to stay in touch with their families and grandkids, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The Journal mentions the Latvis family, residents of Tivoli, New York, who use video conferencing to stay in touch with their extended relatives in Moscow, Russia. The youngest Latvis daughter even uses the technology to allow her grandmother to watch and listen to her playing piano.

According to a 2002 AARP report, more than 40 percent of grandparents live at least 200 miles from their grandchildren - a distance not easily surmountable through travel.

Though living far from family can be tough, technology like video conferencing makes staying in touch easier and more affordable than ever.

A more recent AARP study from earlier this year showed that 40 percent of people age 50 or older report themselves as being either “extremely comfortable” or “very comfortable” using the internet, which means that they can take advantage of all of the new ways people keep in touch over vast distances.

Video conferencing has been applied to a wide array of uses. In addition to having personal uses such as staying in touch with loved ones, it can also help students visit far away places or speak to people in classrooms thousands of miles away. Many businesses also use video conferencing to cut back on travel expenses.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19917110-ADNFCR