A new Web site, MyGrandchild.com, gives far-flung families like Beatty’s another way to help bridge the gap. This site enables grandparents and grandchildren to make "virtual visits"—they can see and hear each other in real time, play games together and even share a good-night story from the site’s collection of interactive books.Dror Oberman, CEO and founder of
"Today, there’s a lot of globalization and people move a lot. I wanted to find a solution for families in that situation."
The current selection of books and activities on the site is geared toward kids ages 3-8. Users on both ends need a Web cam and headset with microphone. And obviously, in what may be the deal breaker for some older folks, it requires that users feel comfortable using a computer.
New interactive books and game packages are being added to the site regularly and art activities will be available in mid-2008.
"Our vision is to provide any activity that kids and their parents or grandparents do when they’re physically together," says Oberman. "They’ll be able to talk, discover and explore together."
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