Ever since the rise of smartphones, people often think of technology as getting in the way of core family time. We blame notifications and the endless scrolling appeal of social media for people being distracted and spending time not paying attention to the ones around them.
However, tech isn’t something that needs to be feared – sometimes you can use it to bring your family together, and to connect with them when you feel like you’re drifting apart.
There are hundreds of games to play as a family – from car racing and team challenges to online puzzles you can play with far flung relatives. Keep a house leader board for the more competitive members of the family so you can help keep up the family engagement and fun! If you’re playing remotely, a lot of these games allow you to talk and play at the same time, which helps you catch up on everyday life whilst playing together.
If your kids are spending a lot of time on YouTube, ask them if you could see a video from their favourite creator. Engaging with videos they like can start conversations without feeling like you’re crowding them. If your family is all across the country and you want a movie night, a lot of streaming platforms now allow ‘watch parties’. All you need to do is pick a film and hit play, and you can all be watching the film at the same time – there are even chat features on the side to message each other whilst the movie is on!
These are only a few examples of ways technology can help support family time; there are thousands of apps, games and services available – see what ones might interest your family!