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Divorce law blog

Working together to ensure children use the internet and social media safely

22/05/2019   By: Hannah Wilson

Increasingly, there is a huge amount of research about the impact of social media on children.  For example, the House of Commons published a report in January 2019 about the impact of social media and screen use on young peoples’ health.

Parents are very aware of the variety of research about the potential risks of social media in terms of the content children can access, the amount of screen time children have and also the risks of online bullying.  For divorced or separated parents minimising these risks involves good communication and working together to ensure that rules around safe internet and social media usage is monitored consistently in both households.  Consider:

  • agreeing consistent rules around the time that devices are turned off each evening, the apps or other content your children can download; and
  • agreeing to check the security settings regularly.

Some parents (particularly of younger children) also check their children’s phones and tablets to ensure that there is no inappropriate content or anything else concerning.  Again, it is helpful for both parents to agree how and when to do this.

In the event that you and your ex are struggling to agree rules and boundaries for your children over their internet and social media use, mediation may be a good way of discussing this and reaching an agreement.

Our family lawyers have an wealth of experience in dealing with all sorts of issues following the breakdown of a relationship, especially where those issues involve children.  Contact our family team directly on our dedicated hotline for practical advice and support.

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