Wellbeing

How to Stay Better
Connected to the
Whole Family

Creating and maintaining relationships with far-flung family members can be easy and fun, with the right tools and a little initiative.

An illustration of a family group chat, transposed onto a Galaxy Tab S7. The screen is split into four quadrants with the mother at the bottom left quadrant, a father at the bottom right quadrant, a grandmother at the top left quadrant and a young child at the top right quadrant. They are having a virtual dinner together while staying apart through a Google Duo group video call. An illustration of a family group chat, transposed onto a Galaxy Tab S7. The screen is split into four quadrants with the mother at the bottom left quadrant, a father at the bottom right quadrant, a grandmother at the top left quadrant and a young child at the top right quadrant. They are having a virtual dinner together while staying apart through a Google Duo group video call.

Healthy relationships with family members are essential fora child’s development, helping them discover who they are and develop empathy for others. But staying in touch with relatives can be challenging. How are your kids going to bond with their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, if they don’t live close by? The good news: keeping in touch with extended family doesn’t have to be a chore or just an occasional activity. With the right tech, you can easily express your love from afar and feel more connected with those who matter to you than ever.

Here are our top three tips to help you to enjoy virtual gatherings with your loved ones even more.

A woman holds a black Galaxy phone vertically as she sits on the touch with two other women—one standing directly behind her. They all laugh together as they look at something on the phone screen. A woman holds a black Galaxy phone vertically as she sits on the touch with two other women—one standing directly behind her. They all laugh together as they look at something on the phone screen.
A product shot of a pair of Mystic Bronze Galaxy Buds Live. A product shot of a pair of Mystic Bronze Galaxy Buds Live.
Hear every word
Make your video call a more intimate one with Galaxy Buds Live. They pair perfectly with all Samsung devices¹ and provide up to 21 hours of wireless listening time.² You can even connect two pairs to one phone so multiple family members in the same house can fully participate in the fun, no headphone splitting required.³
1

Unlock the fun of video chats

Video chatting with kids isn’t easy. They’re squirmy, easily distracted, and usually focused on making silly faces at the camera when talking to grandparents. But there are ways to make video chats enjoyable for children and the relatives on the other end of the line. When possible, try to schedule video calls at the same time every week, fitting the call into your child’s schedule, so they expect the call, and can look forward to it. Avoid scheduling the call at times when children tend to get cranky, like right before dinner. And set up reasonable expectations for the call: kids and relatives can read a book, play simple games like tic-tac-toe, do some colouring, or any other simple activity that will keep their interest. If you’re worried about all this added screen time, there’s no need to worry. A video call with family is a constructive activity, and has actually been shown to be beneficial, especially for young children, who learn conversational skills from face-to-face interactions, whether on-screen or in real life.

A young girl and her grandmother sit next to each other at a kitchen counter. The young girl holds a black Galaxy tablet and looks at the screen. The grandmother looks on and points to something on the screen. A young girl and her grandmother sit next to each other at a kitchen counter. The young girl holds a black Galaxy tablet and looks at the screen. The grandmother looks on and points to something on the screen.
A product shot of a Galaxy Note20 next to a Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The phones are slightly facing each other with purple shapes on display. A product shot of a Galaxy Note20 next to a Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The phones are slightly facing each other with purple shapes on display.
Go big, or go bigger
Whether you go for the 6.7" display or the 6.9" display, you can't go wrong. Both offer a generous canvas, so you don’t have to squeeze your faces together for a catch-up call with Grandma.
2

Start a grandparent group chat

If your children are a little older and you trust them to have their own phone, a super simple way to stay connected is through group chats, where you can have one long-running conversation with family members. This can be through your standard text messaging app or other messaging platforms that are compatible with multiple devices and software. Through family group chats, you can also teach your children good manners and etiquette for digital conversations, which will serve them well in the future. If grandparents or aunts and uncles aren’t super tech-savvy, why not get your children to teach them how it’s done? You could even set up video chat sessions for their lessons. That way, your child and relatives can bond, and your family members will learn new skills that make it easier for you to keep in touch. You can then easily keep track of the conversation on your phone, or watch and even mute the conversation, so you don’t get overwhelmed by alerts.

You can keep track of how much your kids are texting, and set limits where you need to, using parental controls. So you don’t have to worry about them chatting during meals or when they should be doing their homework. And even if the adults in the family group keep chatting after bedtime, your children can get the sleep they need and catch up on the family chat the next morning.

A young girl and her father lay down in the grass together facing opposite sides. The girl is smiling as she holds up a Mystic Bronze Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The father smiles and looks at the screen of the phone while holding up a peace sign with his two fingers. A young girl and her father lay down in the grass together facing opposite sides. The girl is smiling as she holds up a Mystic Bronze Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The father smiles and looks at the screen of the phone while holding up a peace sign with his two fingers.
3

Get creative with virtual messages

Letters endure because the written word is a powerful thing. You don’t need an excuse to send a letter to family, but you can find one by celebrating all holidays, birthdays and anniversaries with a card. Handwritten notes are special, but sending Live Messages with moving written text over a favourite image can be just as impactful. Or you can start with a blank slate in the Samsung Notes app and create your own cards or illustrated letters to send to loved ones. If you really want to flex some creative muscles, try the PENUP app⁴, a powerful tool for digital drawing and painting. Why not have your kids express their artistic side and show their grandparents how much they’re missed in glorious bright and vivid colour?

¹ Compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or later and with more than 1.5GB of RAM.
² 6 hours uninterrupted play time, plus 15 hours extra when charged with the case. Battery life is based on usage of music or calls with Bluetooth and ANC turned on, and Always-on Mic turned off.
³ Feature only supported on devices running One UI 2.5 or later.
⁴ PENUP available for download on Galaxy Store or Google Play Store.

Use your imagination

The vibrant screen of the Galaxy Tab S7 makes using this tablet the ideal tool to whip up cards, create art, mock-up PDFs and more. The S Pen makes writing and sketching easy and enjoyable, so you can focus on your masterpiece.

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