As an aid to all the old people who are well-removed from the reality that the young communicate (and ingest information) in multi-media rather than two-dimensional static communications, here are two essentials for old people who want to get with the program:
Start with free one to one video teleconferencing, then upgrade to video group conference calls.
FREE Skype (audio only, XP only)
Create account, then go to YouTube Broadcast Yourself
VodBurner for Skype Call Recording & Posting
Free for 14 days excluding calls to PCs already having VodBurner, $99.50 to purchase with three month escape period.