Thought Leadership


Raising Digitally Responsible Kids: A Family Contract for Digital Devices

Young people today are fortunate to grow up in an age of incredible technological advances with unlimited information at their fingertips. They can be in immediate and constant contact with friends, family – and just about anyone else on the planet. Such easy accessibility is commonplace for the younger generation, but it can raise red flags for parents who may be concerned that their children are sharing too much information over social media or spending too much time using their devices at the expense of school and family time. The reality is that there are risks and responsibilities associated with modern digital devices and helping kids learn to use them properly is an integral aspect of raising children in today’s world.

Open dialogue between parents and children and, specifically, the creation of a family contract can promote responsible use of digital devices. Pitcairn frequently recommends family contracts as an effective way to set mutual expectations, clarify responsibilities, and minimize future conflicts. When families work together to prepare a contract, it promotes trust, incorporates multiple perspectives, and makes it more likely that younger family members will follow the terms of the agreement.

Pitcairn developed the following discussion guide to help you engage in open dialogue and create your own digital device sample contract, customized specifically by and for your family.  

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About Pitcairn

Pitcairn is a true family office and leader in helping families navigate the challenges and opportunities created by the interplay of family and financial dynamics. Through Wealth Momentum®, an experience-based family office model, Pitcairn helps families achieve a more effective and complete experience. Since its inception, Pitcairn has partnered with some of the world’s wealthiest families to meet their needs and drive better outcomes – year to year, decade to decade, generation to generation. Today, Pitcairn is recognized as an innovator, guiding families through generational transitions and redefining the industry standard for family offices. The firm is located in Philadelphia, with offices in New York and Washington, DC and a network of resources around the world.