Especially over the past few years, technology has become an increasingly important part of parenting. It allows your child to connect with friends, keep up with their studies and more. However, if divorcing parents differ significantly in their approaches to technology, it can be important to address those concerns when creating their parenting plan.
What questions should parents ask?
Technology is part of many aspects of a child’s life, and parents may need to address a wide variety of details when determining guidelines for screen use. Some of the many questions to ask about technology include:
- When can your child have certain pieces of technology? — Especially if your children are young, you may want to consider at what age you want them to have a smartphone or gaming system.
- How much screen time will your child have? — Some parents may prefer to leave their child’s opportunities to use technology open, some may want their child to stay away from screens on school nights and others may want to limit a child’s total time.
- When can your child use their phone? — If you intend to have rules about phone use at the table or screen time before bed, it can help to have a consistent policy between your child’s homes.
- Who will pay for your child’s technology? — Purchasing consoles, upgrading smartphones, paying monthly phone bills and repair costs can add up. Discussing this issue early can help ensure that one parent does not end up shouldering those costs on their own.
- Under what circumstances can you limit your child’s technology use? — Can you take your child’s phone from them as a punishment? This question can cause strife and has even resulted in calls to the authorities, but discussing your options ahead of time can limit that concern.
Discussing these questions and others allows you to create a more consistent environment for your child and ensures that you and your ex can avoid future conflict.