Technology has profoundly impacted parenting, transforming how parents care for, educate and interact with their children. Accordingly, it has become an important consideration when developing parenting time plans for separated parents.
When considering this method as part of a parenting plan, it is essential to weigh the pros and cons and establish a plan that will further the child’s best interests.
The benefits of virtual parenting
Virtual parenting has become a viable option for parents trying to overcome distance and logistical challenges. With the advent of video calls, instant messaging and social media platforms, parents can maintain a constant line of communication with their children despite any geographical barriers. This is especially suitable for separated parents who live relatively far from each other.
This digital approach to parenting also plays a significant role in the frequency of contact between parents and children, especially when they each have other responsibilities to consider, such as work and school. They get to bond virtually despite being physically apart.
While the advantages of virtual parenting are appealing, it is also important to consider its challenges and limitations. For instance, not all families have full access to technology. Bonding virtually may also feel unauthentic and potentially reduce emotional connection. Lastly, the appropriateness per age group and screen time management may appear as issues later on.
A case-by-case basis
Today’s technology continuously introduces new opportunities, such as virtual visits and digital bonding, for non-custodial parents to maintain meaningful relationships with their children.
However, this approach can have different outcomes depending on each custody case’s unique circumstances. Hence, it is best to meticulously review the situation and consider what is best for the child before finalizing the parenting plan.