A summer vacation filled with trips to the amusement parks, sporting events, summer jobs at the mall, or spending lazy days of hanging out with friends isn’t exactly what lies in store for our teenagers this year. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t connecting with friends. Here are three popular ways for your kids to connect with their friends during social distancing.

1. Game Consoles Voice Chat

At first glance, it looks like your teenager is holed up in the basement playing video games. And that’s true. But it’s also a new version of hanging out with friends. Most game consoles offer a voice chat feature that enables people to interact in real-time. Voice chat works independently from games, so friends can visit while playing different games or not playing a game at all.

2. Instagram Group Chat

What makes Instagram a popular texting tool for teens is that it doesn’t require knowing a person’s phone number to chat with them. There’s no limit to the number of people within a group. And of course, it’s the ideal way to share photos and images.

3. Snapchat 

Like Instagram, Snapchat is a popular platform to text among friends and share photos, videos, or images. When they aren’t talking with each other, they can at least see where their friends are standing. People can opt into the Snap Map, which displays the location of friends in real time.

Of course, young people can connect by phone, video calls, or visiting via social distancing. And with USB outlets included at Park Del Amo Apartments, their devices will always be charged and ready to go. Teenagers are tapped into tools that are already helping them stay connected with their peers. And that will prove to be a lifesaver during these months of quarantine and social distancing.