30 Days of Social Connection Day Twelve: Video Calls

by Mindy Lockard on April 23, 2020

30 Days of Social Connection | Day TWELVE: Video Calls









Today’s Power Skill: Phone Skills

Today’s Power Skill is Video Calls and while I know many teens / tweens have a lot of experience on Video Chat with friends, there is a difference when talking to adults and knowing how to use the tool correctly. Not only will knowing these skills help you feel more confident, using them correctly will set you apart. Which is always helpful when trying to develop a relationship with an important professor or even get a job! Trust me when I say, teachers, future professors and bosses will thank you for showing up with these important Power Sills! 

Video Call Reminder:

  • Prepare for the Call: Arrive early, check the WiFi, make sure your family is aware of the call and dress appropriately. 
  • Stay Still: Make sure the device you are using is in a stable place, at a good angle to show your face and where you are looking into the screen at eye level so to appear that you are making eye contact. 
  • Come with Questions to Ask: Long silence is especially awkward on FaceTime calls, so come prepared with questions and ready to answer in more than one word!
  • ALWAYS: say “Good Bye” and “Thank you” … don’t just hang up

Family Dinner Table Talk Questions / Conversation Starters:

  1. Share a success FaceTime / Zoom / Skype story / Google Hangout 
  2. Share a time a video call didn’t go well
  3. Set family policies for when a family member is 


Looking for an easy way to have your teens feel productive during the day? Here’s our Ten-a-Day sheet that teens can fill out. This chart includes five blank spots that your teen can fill in and five family responsibility “nudges”  pre-written in to help give teens ownership and independence during these days that seem to run together… oy vey!

Printable:  Leadership Academy 10 a Day


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