Having a way to stay in touch with friends and family has never been more important than during the last couple of years. The COVID-19 pandemic has had the entire country bunkered down in the safety of their own homes, while families were stranded across continents as remote work and distance learning became the norm. But the nbn™ internet has enabled Australian families to stay connected with the wider world — and perhaps most importantly, one another.

Looking for new ways to stay in touch with friends and family online? We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways you can use an nbn™ internet connection to get online and keep connected with your loved ones. 

  1. Video calls 

Video calls have become an easy, straightforward way to keep in touch with family and friends, whether one-on-one or in groups. Why not schedule a call for sometime this week? Whether it’s a relative you haven’t had the chance to catch up with or a friend you wouldn’t ordinarily see this time of year, video calls can be an excellent way to touch base. There are a huge variety of free video call providers available, such as Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Zoom. 

  1. Virtual parties 

Take your video calls to the next level by throwing a virtual party. Being isolated doesn’t mean that you and a few friends can’t meet up for a drink or two! Virtual parties are a great way to get in touch with multiple people at once — if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even add a theme. Costumes, backdrops and much more can all help everyone feel like they’re part of the action. 

  1. Playing games online

Playing games online isn’t just for consoles — there is a huge selection of social games that are great for group play and can be played by just about anyone. Skribbl reimagines Pictionary for the online age, and Quiplash allows for all sorts of silly fun. With a good nbn™ connection, it’s possible to recreate a family board game night online! 

  1. Virtual choirs and bands

Always wanted to cultivate a new talent but haven’t had the time? Many families are finding a great way to stay connected with virtual choirs and bands. Having a high-quality nbn™ connection can really help cut down on the latency — that way, you can be sure that you’re all singing and playing in sync! 

  1. Studying online 

There’s no question that the pandemic has been a tough time. But for many, it’s also enabled them to enhance their qualifications or pursue academic interests. Studying online with a family member or friend can be a great way to stay focused on a tough topic and provide extra motivation for each other, while you’re still staying connected with each other. 

Connecting families near and far

Aside from connecting individual family members under one roof, an nbn™ plan can help you stay in touch with loved ones from afar. With the rules on social distancing and isolating constantly changing, it’s good to know that you can still stay connected when you are apart from family and friends.

You can also use up-to-minute technology to continue with your interests or start new hobbies if you find yourself staying at home. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to have a conversation with a loved one on an unstable, lagging call. Choose a fast, superfast, or ultrafast nbn plan to make the most of your video calls and incentivise the whole family to stay in touch.

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