and in March 2009 the site introduced a video conferencing feature.
For some parents, this might be more of a trick than a treat because of the greater potential for cyberbullying, online harassment and other inappropriate activity, which can fly under the radar if you're not actively monitoring these newer sites.
(CNN) -- With the recent popularity of video chat, Verizon Wireless may want to change its slogan to: Can you see me now? internet users have used a video-chat service, such as Skype, Google Talk or i Chat.
Nearly one-fifth of American adults have used video-calling features on their computers or cell phones, according to a report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Unfortunately for Verizon, much of the hype surrounding video chat in the last few months can be attributed to the success of Apple's i Phone 4, exclusively available on rival network AT&T.
But the i Phone is limited to doing video calls when connected to a Wi-Fi hot spot. However, few smartphones include a camera on the front, which is needed for practical video calling.
Some of Google's Android phones, including the Sprint Nextel's Evo 4G, can make calls over the carrier's fast, fourth-generation wireless data network. Parents appreciate the Skype computer program for, say, being able to keep in touch with their children who are studying abroad. adults, found that 7 percent of cell phone owners had tried some form of video chat.