Skype

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Video-calling site keeps people connected, most of the time.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can improve their communication skills by using Skype. They'll learn to carefully listen to the person speaking through the screen and to think about their responses. Reading people's faces and hearing their tone of voice are dimensions of communication that email and text messaging don't capture. This site can help kids learn the importance of face-to-face interaction. Skype isn't perfect, but it can be an amazing tool for kids to learn about communicating with others.

Positive Messages

Skype gives kids and families the ability to communicate face-to-face from any location; used in the right ways, it can bring people together.

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Consumerism

The site occasionally reminds users to upgrade to a premium account.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skype is another way people can communicate online through video or by regular phone calls. It's reasonably intuitive to use. Although it occasionally has technical glitches, it can be great for families with a member who is often traveling or is living in another location. Keeping in touch with extended family and faraway friends can help kids feel connected to the people in their lives. For safest use, supervise your teens' Skype chats and have your younger kids use your account.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 13, 16, and 18+ year old Written bycome to pa pa October 26, 2015

its cool

a fun way to call family friendz it nice
Adult Written byJulian W. February 17, 2018
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2014

Great for age's 10 and up

Well I think that Skype is a great way to talk to your friends or family members. I think the rating should be 10 and up :)
Teen, 13 years old Written byemmygirl January 1, 2015

Ok, but don't accept strange requests

It is fun for talking to friends, but you can get requests from anyone. Don't accept any strange requests.

What's it about?

SKYPE is a website that allows users to communicate using video and voice calls. Its basic features are free, but you also can access additional features such as group video calls or SMS, either by paying as you go or subscribing. To begin, download Skype onto your computer; when it's done installing, a log-in screen will appear. You can sign in using a Skype, Facebook, or Microsoft account. To add contacts, click the \"Add Contacts\" button and then type the person's name, Skype handle, or email address into the search box that pops up. Once you've added contacts, click on the name of the person you'd like to call; if there's a green light next to their name, they're already signed in and ready to receive your call. They'll answer, and you should be able to hear them. Turn on your webcam, if you have one, and you'll be able to see the person you're connected to. During your video call, you also can share screens or send files to the person you're talking to.

Is it any good?

Skype is an incredible idea, and when it works, it's a world-changing free resource that's opened up communication for millions of people. But it can sometimes seem like one of those modern conveniences that's more trouble than it's worth. It's notoriously buggy; sometimes calls get dropped for no reason, or connectivity is terrible at random. It can be difficult to predict how well a Skype session will go for these reasons, but it's more likely to run smoothly if you have new, high-quality equipment. However, even at its fussiest, Skype has the potential to bring together families and other groups of people. There's nothing like face-to-face communication, and Skype's video calls get close to replicating that experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways people have used technology to communicate through history. What did they do before Skype, before email, before telephones? Explain that, for many years, the only way people could stay in touch was by writing letters. Ask your kids if they can imagine doing that today.

  • Talk to kids about the difference between video calls and regular phone calls. Which do they prefer? Why?

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For kids who love communicating

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