With so many people working at home right now, having younger children can have a big impact on productivity. With daycares closed, what choice do you really have? One option that seems to be gaining popularity is virtual babysitting.

According to WDSU.com, Forbes reports there's been a 700% increase in searches for virtual babysitting in just the past month alone.

Kind of sounds like something from "Back to the Future" doesn't it?

Because of social distancing, the babysitter doesn't come over to your house but instead makes a live virtual visit through apps like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. During the live video call, the virtual babysitter engages your kids with books, games, art projects, and more. Basically, they do almost everything they would if they were there in person.

How much does a virtual babysitter cost? The price varies depending on the company and where you live. In some cases, you work out the price with the sitter directly.

From sittercity.com -

"The cost of living and minimum wage laws can influence hourly rates. According to recent Sittercity data, the national typical hourly rate of babysitters in 2020 is $16.50 per hour."

Sound like something you want to try? Below are a few sites you can check out, and you can read more over at WDSU.com.

Care.com

Sittercity.com

Thebabysittingcompany.com

Minutes4moms.com

Broadwaybabysitters.com