As it turns out, Ella is something of a technological trail blazer.
As parents get busier and kids get more familiar with video-conferencing technology, the idea of a "video playdate" is gaining nascent acceptance in tech-enabled corners of America.
"She runs over to it excited." In fact, Ella's gotten so good with this technology that she's embarking on a new level of video-conference sophistication: Skype playdates with toddler peers.
"We've called her cousins a couple times that actually live down the street," Riggs said, adding that the weather was bad at the time in Wilmington, North Carolina, where they live, so a trip down the block would have been more difficult than dialing them up online.
Carrington Mc Dowell-Walsh, an 11-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, California, said she goes on Skype to gossip while she's browsing the internet. "The people I Skype with, normally I don't see them at all anymore. I would prefer to 'see them' see them," she said, "but I don't otherwise." Laurie Zelinger, a Ph. child psychologist, said video playdates offer a good alternative to real-world play if a kid is sick, or doesn't have friends in the neighborhood.
But she cautioned against parents thinking of it as a replacement for face-to-face playdates, which are more valuable for kids, she said.
"The intensity [of the game] at recess is a little bigger because you have a short amount of time.
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