As COVID-19 continues to change our daily lives, parents working from home are still trying to figure out how to find a balance between caring for their children and their jobs. In many states, child care is considered an essential business. However, when officials are asking everyone to stay put or keep their distance as much as possible, how are parents able to get the caregiving assistance they need?
With the internet comes many wonderful things. It’s provided us with Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and the list goes on. But let’s not also forget that it’s provided us with a way to connect with one another from a distance—particularly through video. Enter, virtual sitting.
What is Virtual Sitting?
A virtual sitting is not the same thing as in-person babysitting. A virtual sitting is hiring a professional to engage children digitally for a short period of time. The sessions can be used to assist kids with schoolwork or facilitate an interactive game—like charades. It’s not a replacement for physical care.
With virtual sitting, a sitter can:
- Help with their schoolwork
- Play games to keep them occupied
- Guide them through engaging activities
What Should Parents Consider When Using A Virtual Sitting?
Families considering a virtual sitting should continue to view safety as their top priority. Check out our Trust & Safety Center for more information.
Screening and Vetting is Still Important
Even though the sitter isn’t physically in your house, they’re still spending time with your child. Take advantage of screening tools like virtual interviews and running background checks.
Never Leave Your Child Unattended
The sitter is not able to physically supervise or control your child when connected only by video.
Review Planned Activities
Work with the sitter to determine what’s appropriate for your child.
What happens if the internet is spotty or they haven’t shown up on the video call? Make sure you have a phone connection with the sitter to make sure you’re on the same page about what’s going on.
Free Video Platforms for Remote Child Care
Feeling stressed about balancing both kids and work at home? Find virtual support from sitters now and get some time and space back into your life.