During this unprecedented time, it may feel impossible to keep in touch with friends and family. 

The CDC’s recommendations to avoid contracting and spreading the Coronavirus include separating yourself from others and staying home as much as possible. This is especially critical for individuals that are immunocompromised or over the age of 65. If you and your family follow these guidelines, that could mean months before you get to reconnect with loved ones in-person.

But what if social distancing didn’t have to mean disconnecting? In this new and constantly evolving era of technology, staying connected virtually is easier than ever with smart home security devices.

If you’re keeping your distance from others or are unable to travel, keep reading for three ways to keep in touch with smart cameras.

1. Host A Virtual Game Night

With the help of smart cameras, defeating your family members on game night is easier than ever. An indoor smart camera with a wide-angle lens does more than residential monitoring—it can help you conquer family game night. Choose a smart camera that covers a full 180-degree view. This minimizes blind spots, so you won’t need to worry about having multiple cameras set up to catch your best game night moments.

With cameras properly placed, pick a game that doesn’t require everyone to be physically in the same room—like Charades or Pictionary—for a night of fun.

2. Enjoy Your Morning Coffee

For your more intimate and slow-paced mornings, smart cameras can play a role in your morning coffee chats. When you choose a smart home security camera with two-way audio features, you can communicate with a loved one through the camera.

If your camera integrates with a mobile app, you can initiate a video or audio call with a loved one straight your from smartphone. If you’re busy preparing breakfast, you can also initiate a hands-free call using the camera’s push-to-talk button.

Now, you can enjoy your coffee and feel connected with loved ones. Not a morning person? The same options apply for lunch dates or remote dinner parties too.

3. Keep Connection with Elders

With the uncertainty of COVID-19, the health and safety of our older family members is more important than ever. However, with the elderly population being asked to stay home as often as possible, the risk of loneliness is also high. Giving elderly family members a glimpse into your day-to-day activities via remote video feeds could be just what they need to feel connected.

Using your security cameras, you can allow grandparents to watch their grandkids play, and let them virtually sit in on birthday parties or other milestone events.

Home security cameras are the smart way to stay in touch with family and friends in these uncertain times. Work with a quality security vendor to configure a camera setup for your family today.