The pandemic years have been a time of immense challenge and difficulty. But they've also been a time of extraordinary resilience and creative problem-solving. One of the problems we solved with great success was the challenge of maintaining connections and relationships with those outside of our ‘bubbles’. We discovered what our children, and especially our teenagers, have known for a long time – technology, and social media in particular, is a great way to stay connected with others and to maintain, even strengthen, relationships. And, in order to save ourselves and our teenagers from the isolation and boredom of being in the same bubble for weeks on end, we encouraged their social media use and relaxed our pre-COVID online gaming rules. And when lockdown ended, many of us remained lenient because we recognised that our teens were already coping with lots of stress and disappointment and that having instant access to their friends for moral support, or blowing off a bit of steam by heckling fellow gamers could, perhaps, be a good thing.