Electronic Parenting Time — What You Need to Know

Pros to Electronic Parenting Time

  1. It can be easier for younger children to engage in than a regular phone call;
  2. They allow face to face contact with a parent who may live a great distance away or who otherwise might not have as much face to face time with a minor child;
  3. Once minor children reach a certain age, they are somewhat easy for a child to facilitate on their own;
  4. They allow for activities that may not be allowed during a phone call (i.e. if using Facebook messenger to conduct the calls, the parties to call have the option of playing games, using filters and doing other things to make the call more fun);
  5. Using certain applications, parents can assist children with their homework during the video calls;
  6. It allows minor children to create or continue a close and loving relationship with a parent faster than if the parent were only afforded time with the minor children in person; and,
  7. For non-video access, such as through iMessage or other messaging platforms, it allows older children unfettered access to the other parent without the involvement of the parent with whom they are residing.
  8. It provides a window into the minor child’s home and the environment with the other parent, which can be a good or bad thing.

Cons to Electronic Parenting Time

  1. A device is needed to utilize the electronic parenting time (usually a tablet/IPad or a cell phone) which can be difficult if a parent doesn’t want a child utilizing their personal device, but also doesn’t want to give the child their own individual device due to age and/or maturity;
  2. It does not truly replace “in-person” parenting time, and cannot be used to replace as such for purposes of a relocation argument in Illinois cases;
  3. If using video chat features, it provides a “window” into the home where the minor child resides, which brings about privacy concerns at times for parents with whom the minor child resides.

Virtual Solutions During Covid

Electronic Parenting Time Controversies

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