Securus Technologies is bringing families together. As you can see in this video, the video chat allows the father to communicate freely with the child. The kid giggles and laughs as he recognizes his father figure in the screen before him. This is actually creating a bond between the father and the child which is vital for childhood development.
Securus is a telecommunications company that offers technological innovations to prisons, inmates and law enforcement officers. One of their greatest breakthroughs is the ability to allow an inmate to have a normal video chat with his friends, loved ones and lawyers on the outside. But I think the biggest breakthrough for this technology is the ability to connect parent with child at a vital time in the small child’s life.
If you notice in this video, the child is at a very young age. In fact, the little boy is at a such a young age that he doesn’t actually realize his father is not in the room with him. This blissful ignorance is seen as cute and childish, but is an incredibly important point for this interaction.
The child sitting on the floor in this video is one of 2.7 million children in the United States missing a parent because of incarceration. The negative effects of this can be profound like going through a terrible divorce or losing a parent to death. Young ones like this have it the easiest because they are blissfully unaware.
Technology like this is becoming more and more part of everybody’s lives, especially the young. Babies play with smart phones and tablets and get used to all the ins and outs of technology before they hit grade school. These virtual visits that you see in this video can actually serve as a parent by proxy. And the benefit of this is that when the child grows up he will have memories of his father being in his life.
The memories will be distant like everybody’s memories at a very young age. And that hazy distance will help normalize the memories of his parent when young. He won’t think anything in his childhood was missing or that it was weird his father was in jail. She will simply grow up with a vague memory of his father being around and that can help with a healthy upbringing. And at the end of the day, that technology that bridged him will become more and more normal as time moves forward.