With social distancing guidelines in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to find new or alternative ways to stay connected with friends and family. Thankfully, there are a range of options available to keep in touch.
Here you’ll find some useful links and resources to help introduce some of the most popular technologies, plus provided guidance on how to set them up and use them.
If you are already connected to the internet, the list of resources below can simply be clicked on to view the content.
Most are in the form of video tutorials which will start when you click the link.
Top Tip: If you need to pause the videos to give you time to follow the instructions, you can place the mouse cursor on the video image (for PC) or touch the screen (for tablets or phones) and you’ll see the pause button come up in the bottom left as shown below.
Click pause so you can carry out the step shown in the video, then click the same place again to play when you’re ready
- How to use Facebook
Facebook is a social networking site that you can use to write information on how you are doing, read news posted by other people, share photos and send messages. To start off, you need to join Facebook, creating your profile so family and friends can find you and add you to their network.
Click through to the below link to an easy to follow video tutorial on how to use Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkVf8BlE8rI
- How to use Messenger
Connected to Facebook, the Messenger App allows you to send messages back and forward to your Facebook network. You can also make phone and video calls using the internet instead of a phone line. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, especially the option for video calling.
There is a great tutorial on how to use Messenger at the following link https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Facebook-Messenger
- Where to download Facebook and Messenger
If you don’t have Facebook on your computer or device (tablet or phone) yet. Here’s where to find these apps to download them:
For PC – Open web browser and head to www.facebook.com
- How to use Skype
Skype is a phone and video calling service which uses the internet rather than a phone line to allow you to speak with family and friends that also have Skype accounts.
You’ll need a computer or device (phone or tablet) with speakers and a microphone built in to use it (pretty much all modern phones and computers have these built in).
Here’s a guide to getting and using Skype: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-use-skype/
- What is YouTube and how to use it
YouTube is a video sharing platform which allows anyone with a YouTube account to make and share their video on the internet. It also has a huge range of content available for anyone with access to a computer or the YouTube application installed on their device (phone or tablet). From flower arranging to paper folding to yoga classes, you can search YouTube to find great content to keep you active and entertained.
Here’s a guide to getting the most out of YouTube: https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-use-youtube-2655498
- How to download Netflix
Netflix is a TV show and movie streaming service. Which means that instead of having a broadcast schedule, you can browse through hundreds of TV shows and movies and watch them when you want. You can watch just one episode or a whole series at once, depending on your preference. Note: This is a paid service with a monthly fee.
Here’s a handy guide to downloading and using Netflix: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/102377