Distant Family is a parent controlled web site that directly connects the browsers between families and their children. The site provides a safe and secure chat environment for families to stay in touch and play activities over a private Internet connection. With Distant Family, there are no public rooms, no ads to children, no "friends", and no strangers. Parents create rooms, via the secure connection, before children join the chat. Once the chat begins, Distant Family provides a growing list of activities to entertain the parent and child during the conversation.
Distant Family uses a browser technology called WebRTC that allows browsers to directly connect usually without routing through an intermediary server. The connection between browsers is always fully encrypted using the same browser encryption technology that is used for banking. This means that conversations cannot be intercepted or viewed by anyone. Child online safety was the primary concern in creating Distant Family from the beginning.
Distant Family is parent controlled. To start a new chat, a room is created that only exists while the parent is accessing it. We call this parent the 'caller'. While the room is open, the caller notifies the child or the child's attending adult. This notification is done outside Distant Family, via a text message, phone call, etc. With the room id, the attending parent and child can then join the room. The child's entry is then verified by a choice of parent-approved mechanisms. With a paid subscription, families can reserve their room name making connections easier.
Linewave Inc is a Canadian registered corporation, operating out of Edmonton Alberta. Until recently Linewave focused on contract programming in the Edmonton area. Distant Family™ was developed by Linewave Inc in 2016 and is now the primary focus of operations.
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