It all depends on your children's ages but it may well make sense to have their passwords to any social media or online accounts. At the same time, it can be important to establish rules about social media and the services they want to participate in. Sadly, cyber bullying has become hugely problematic for many children. It’s important to take responsibility for helping your child stay safe if he's using social media - and just as important to ensure that they are not doing any cyber bullying themselves.
Be wary of allowing screen media in your child's bedroom
Unfortunately, it is not possible to monitor a child’s screen media use if it’s allowed in the bedroom. And apart from possible harm from the devices themselves or their content, many children will not be able to resist checking their smart phone or other devices late at night - possibly severely interfering with their sleep.
As a last resort, making screen time a privilege
If in spite of following all the suggestions above, the amount of time your children spend in front of a screen is not doing their health any good, consider limiting the screen time allowed. Once you’ve set a limit on how much screen time is allowed, don't be tempted to offer extra screen time as a reward.
And to sum up...
Encouraging your children to live a balanced life
We all want our children to grow up independent and well rounded. This means a healthy balance between school, enjoying the outdoors, participating in sport, playing games, helping to grow things, a love of reading as well as keeping up with technology - it is their future after all.