When Video Chat Is the Only Thing Holding Your Family Together

July 1, 2020 | by Isobel Whitcomb | Gizmodo


In-person visits between parents and their children in out-of-home care have been suspended, for the most part, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video chats have replaced those visits, eliminating the ability of parents to hug and hold their children and to make true eye contact. As this story from Gizmodo reports, older children might find video visits acceptable for now. However, babies who cannot focus on a screen for more than a few minutes are missing out on important bonding time with their parents. Cynthia Burnson, PhD, a senior researcher for NCCD, was interviewed for the article. She said that babies and young children connect with other people through touch, visual cues, and back-and-forth interactions—and video visits alone are not enough. The full article is available here.