Keeping Connected with College Kids

Technology for the start of a new school year.

By Sheldon Jones on August 8, 2013

As the days become shorter and summer vacation comes to an end, college students prepare to return to campus for another semester. For parents this can be a bittersweet time, especially if your scholar attends school far away from home. Fortunately, wireless technology can give parents added peace of mind by providing tools that make it easy to stay connected.

Keeping in touch may be as simple as exchanging quick text messages with your child daily. And, don’t be shy about using the camera on your smartphone to snap photos to include your kids in your day.

Apps such as Skype or ooVoo allow parents to video chat with their children, so they still have the benefits of face-to-face communication even from afar. With ooVoo, multiple family members can join, even from different locations, as the app allows up to 12 people to participate in a group video chat.

Adding a quick charge external battery such as the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation to this year’s back-to-school supplies ensures your undergrad has no excuse for not calling you back. This rechargeable 4000 mAh external battery allows for rapid device charging on the go.

And for parents who want to keep an eye on their children as they travel back to campus, the Family Locator app allows users to track family members’ locations and receive updates for each person as they arrive or depart a location.

Thanks to technology, the transition of college students back to campus can be a little less stressful for parents.