When you’re going through a divorce, you know (or will quickly learn) that you need to be very careful about what you post on social media. Anything your spouse can access has the potential to be hauled out in court and used to discredit you in some way before the court.
But what about your child’s social media? Do they need to steer clear of online posts during your divorce, as well?
Should you take away your children’s social media during a divorce?
It’s not necessarily important to shut down your child’s social media during a divorce, but if you are concerned that the other parent is using their account to access yours, you should take steps to disable your own accounts until the divorce is finalized.
Your child’s account could affect your divorce, however, if they are posting claims that either you or your spouse or abusive. They could also inadvertently “spill the beans” to your soon-to-be ex-spouse about information that you’d prefer to keep private — like who you are dating or where you go for vacation.
It’s known that children going through a divorce may fall behind in their social skills, especially as they move between homes and have their routines interrupted. Beneficially, with social media, they can stay in touch with friends even if they move or are on a new schedule.
Divorce is already a major shock to your child’s system, so consider talking to them about social media and what you don’t think they should post about. Ask them to keep the divorce “offline.”
Where can you turn for help in a divorce?
Knowing what to do (and what not to do) in a divorce isn’t always easy. You can turn to an experienced advocate for guidance.