Q: My child wants to video chat with her cousins, but
they both live in different states. Is there a program available
for three-way video chat?
A: Video chat is a great way for
families to connect online and share some personal, face-to-face
time across the miles. Skype and iChat are popular programs that
allow one-on-one video exchanges. Now, there are other options for
families and friends who want to gather together online and share
some face time:
Tokbox is a Web-based program that lets
you video chat with between two and 20 people and import your
contacts from sources like Yahoo, Facebook or e-mail. You can also
promote your call on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
And you can text chat during the call, share video and also photos.
The best part? It's free!
The browser-based Tinychat chat
system allows you to create your own video chat room with up to 12
audio/video chat participants. It's free, simple and also lets you
connect your friends and family through your Facebook, Twitter or a
Attention parents: You should set up the chats. There are
plenty of video chat rooms and programs online that are not
appropriate for kids. Require that all video chats be conducted in
a main area of the home. Monitor all chats when children under 10
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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