I woke up Sunday morning to voices in my living room. It was about 8:30 a.m. so I wasn’t quite sure who was up and visiting at that hour so I went to investigate.
And what I found was my 9-year-old son talking through the iPad to a tired-looking dad and his son instructing the dad how to install “Portal 2” on their computer.
The child is in my son’s class and last week they started Skyping together after school. They proceeded to stay on Skye to play Portal 2 together after his dad got it installed.
My 9-year-old routinely Skypes with a friend up the street. They play Mincefraft on the PC while they talk via Skype on the iPad. There is a lot of working together on goals in Minecraft.
(They use Skype instead of Face Time but I’m not sure why.)
The Skype seems much more invasive than just a phone call or text. It’s weird seeing people early in the morning. So far he’s only Skyped with people we know. I asked him about calling the little guy so early in the morning and my son said he had Skyped me an hour earlier so I felt better. I guess he had not intruded on their morning.
So my question is are your kids talking to friends on Skype and Face Time too? Are they working on projects together via these screens? Are you hearing voices in your house when you know you don’t have visitors?