Social media has become a phenomenon in recent years. If your son or daughter has not created an online identity, he or she is likely to do so soon. In fact, according to some estimates, roughly 56% of kids in the United States use some type of social media.
While you may not be able to prevent your children from engaging online, you can work to foster a family culture of safety and responsibility. If you are co-parenting in a post-divorce family, using your parenting plan or custody agreement to set reasonable expectations may be a good idea.
As you likely know, the internet can be a dangerous place for children. If your son or daughter has an extensive social media presence, you must think about how your child behaves on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or another platform. Including general guidelines about social media usage in your custody agreement may discourage your children from engaging in risky behaviors online.
Including general guidelines about your kids’ social media presence in your custody agreement only works if someone monitors online behavior. As such, you may want to include oversight responsibility in your agreement. By sharing oversight and discipline, you may decrease friction.
Even though you may want to use your custody agreement to maintain control over your children’s social media posts, you may also choose to address parental posts in your custody agreement. That is, you may want to put restrictions on what you and your former spouse may post to your social media accounts. For example, you may include a provision in your custody agreement that prohibits either parent from posting photographs or private details about the kids.
Social media is a fantastic way for kids to stay in touch with friends and family members. Using social media platforms can also be bad for your children. By addressing social media in your custody agreement or parenting plan, you help to keep your kids safe.