As health officials continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, many in Toronto are turning to technology as a way to interact and collaborate responsibly.
For some, such as the Smith-Wolfe family, the province-wide shutdown of schools has meant a shift to online learning.
Social distancing measures have also meant changes to many other aspects of the lives of Toronto-area residents.
Aliya Visram hosted her daughter’s sixth birthday party online after the family had to self-isolate following a vacation. Despite its scaled-down nature, she said it still left her daughter happy.
“For her it was the cake and seeing all of her friends,” Visram said.
Technology expert Marc Saltzman told Global News modern solutions such as video conferencing can allow people to keep their social distance without being alone.
“You and someone else or several other people can simultaneously chat,” he said.
“So you can set up a daily call with your loved ones, with your friends. You could have a glass of wine while you’re chatting.”
Saltzman also recommended “Netflix parties,” which use a free add-on to your web browser to synchronize a movie or show with friends.
“That allows you to simultaneously watch the same Netflix content with someone else, somewhere else and also chat at the same time,” he explained.
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