Over the past two decades, virtual visitation has emerged as an alternative form of communication and interaction between parents and their children, particularly in situations where physical visitation may be challenging or restricted.
With that said, even co-parents who do not live far from one another may be able to use a virtual visitation arrangement for their child’s benefit. Not being able to communicate in meaningful ways with both parents regularly can be very hard on kids of all ages.
Does your child like to stay connected?
Virtual visitation provides an avenue for children to maintain emotional connections with whichever parent is not present at any given time. Through video calls, messaging apps and virtual platforms, children can see and hear their parent, reducing conscious or subconscious feelings of detachment or abandonment. This emotional connection can contribute to the child’s overall well-being.
Could your child benefit from additional bonding opportunities?
Virtual visitation can also facilitate engagement and bonding experiences between parents and children. It provides an opportunity for shared activities, such as reading bedtime stories, playing games and participating in virtual outings. These interactive experiences help create memories, strengthen the parent-child bond and provide a sense of normalcy despite physical separation. Additionally, virtual visitation can allow parents to remain involved in their child’s day-to-day life to a greater degree, which can be wonderful for parents and kids alike.
It is important for parents and guardians to consider the unique needs and circumstances of their child, as well as any practical considerations when exploring the potential benefits of virtual visitation. Additionally, parents should always feel free to seek legal guidance if they have questions about crafting, formalizing or enforcing virtual visitation arrangements.