Technology Helps Grandparents Connect with Grandchildren
Whether it’s sitting around a table sharing meals and exchanging stories, gathering in the living room to play board games or a child curling up in a grandparent’s lap to read a book, nothing can replace the special bonding that comes with families sharing us time. –
Missing grandkids is and looking for a way to really connect? Tired of Skype timing out or being ignored?
Fortunately, there is a new solution: ustyme app.
It was developed by a pair of grandparents who were frustrated with not being able to keep their grandchildrens” attention over Skype or FaceTime. The free ustyme app lets family members share books and play games while being on a real-time video call. Children see their grandparents in the video chat box in the upper-left corner, while the screen fills with either a book or a game that can be explored together.
Combining video chat with eBooks and games is a delightful way for grandchildren to stay connected with their grandparents all year along. It’s not quite as cozy as a grandparent’s lap, but a shared video experience of reading a book or playing games together is a marvelous solution.
ustyme is free to download and free to use. Each new account gets two (2) free books and one (1) free game to share with family and friends. Additional books and games are for sale inside the ustyme store, starting at $0.99.
ustyme has hundreds of books to choose from for ages 0 to 8 years old as well as half a dozen classic games like Rock/Paper/Scissors, Checkers, Go Fish, 4 in a Row, Chess and Memory. Each month, new books and games are added to the ustyme store.
It works on an iPad, iPhone, as a Chrome App and on the Web. A version for Android will be available in early 2015.
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Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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