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 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 and secure the connection before children begin the chat. Once the chat begins, Distant Family provides a growing list of activities to entertain parent and child during the conversation.
Distant Family uses a browser technology called WebRTC that allows for 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 conversations cannot be intercepted or viewed by anyone. Child online safety was the primary concern in creating Distant Family to begin with.
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, via a text message or phone call, what the room id is. With the room id, the child can then go to the room and either enter a code or take their picture. The child's entry is then verified and the room opens for chat and play. With a paid subscription, families can reserve their room name. But as before, the room only exists when the parent is logged in.
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.