Keep in Touch Virtually
Nearly a decade ago, Hallett left her home in Bordon, England, and relocated to Toronto for her partner’s new job. She wanted to make sure her three children (then 10, eight and one) could still keep in touch with their grandparents back in Europe.
Facebook has been a game changer, Hallett says. The platform provides quick access to updates about her community overseas and lets her share family photos easily, which is especially helpful when there isn’t time to call. “The biggest thing for me is the images,” she explains. “Now our relatives can see the kids getting taller, so when we meet again, they won’t be surprised by how they look.”
Hallett recently taught her mother (now 75) how to use FaceTime on a tablet. Now the family is able to engage in face-to-face chats—and the kids are eager to show Grandma their latest school projects.
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