Organise a virtual get together with friends and family on one of the many video conferencing and online meeting apps.
Google Hangouts: Supports up to 10 participants for an unlimited duration. If you have a Google account, you have access to Google Hangouts. For free Gmail and G Suite Basic customers, Google Hangouts allows for up to 10 people to chat in a video call. The service also supports simultaneous voice chat and allows participants to join a conference via email or a shareable link. In response to the coronavirus crisis, Google has relaxed some restrictions for all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, regardless of tier. Customers can now hold video conferences with up to 250 participants through to July 1, 2020.
Zoom Meetings: Up to 100 participants for 40 minutes. Zoom is a full video conferencing suite aimed at Enterprise-level users, with an attractive free option. Users with a free account can host video conferences for up to 100 participants, but conferences of 3 members or more are limited to 40 minutes.
Netflix Party (free): If you or your children are yearning for social contact and missing loved ones, Netflix Party lets multiple people stream shows together meaning you can keep up with your favourite series with grandparents, cousins, school friends and more, even if you’re miles apart. Install the free Chrome extension (it only works with Chrome at the moment), click the Netflix Party icon and share your viewing link with friends. Once everyone has joined the link, the show will begin, and the extension has a built-in chat function that lets you send messages to other people in your party as the show is playing.
Kast (free): Taking the concept of Netflix Party to another level, Kast is a real-time party video sharing app with screen capture, voice, text, and video chat. It lets you play games, watch shows, hang out, teach (or learn) a new skill and anything else you can imagine. Your children and their friends could study together, or you can watch films with friends and loved ones in isolation. All parties are private by default.