Research shows that interactive responsive experiences in real time via video chat enhance even very young children’s language learning.
This means as long as the person on the other side of the screen is interacting with and responding in real time, they are not only staying connected to your young child, but can also have many of the positive impacts of responsive communication.2. When young children interact in person, they pick up communication cues from sight, sound, smell, and touch.
And as an assurance that this is a thing, bigger names are getting in on the conversation as well.
While Apple hasn’t sorted out a group function for Face Time and Google’s Hangouts hold court as the desktop preference for group chatters, Facebook has integrated group video chat into its mobile Messenger app, and Fam’s claim to instant fame is that it can host group chats directly within i Message.
This means that babies can start forming relationships through video chat with others who live far away, especially if the chats are facilitated by the adult who is physically with them (i.e., telling your baby, he’s talking to grandma, pointing and waving at the screen, describing and modeling video chatting).
Even though your son may not be fully understanding that grandma and grandpa are seeing and talking to him, the opportunity for them to see, hear and talk to him as he grows and develops is important to your parents and the relationship they are forming with him.
After all, the labor and stress of the average conference call seems, as the kids might say, totes inapropes when applied to an adult hangout. But in the two years since, phones have gotten faster, data plans more generous, Wi-Fi signals more robust and available, and we’ve seen a fresh boom of group video chat apps like Tribe, Houseparty, oo Voo, Airtime, or (the Boston-bred) Fam — which according to Bostinno attracted over 4.3 million users after just seven months floating around the app-verse.
Smartphones do emit some electromagnetic radiation, and while there are mixed data on potential dangers, the best evidence indicates that the greatest risk involved is if the phone is held against the head, rather than looked at from a distance as is done with Face Time, Skype and other video chat applications.
Research shows that children 12-25 months old learn better from real time interactive video chat with adults than from educational videos.
Since video chat only involves sight and sound, help your child to concentrate on those senses.
Repeat questions raised by her far away friend or family member or point out things your child can see and identify.3.