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The dilemmas of parental mediation: continuities from parenting in general

López de Ayala López, M.C., Haddon, Leslie, Catalina-García, B. and Martínez-Pastor, E. (2020) The dilemmas of parental mediation: continuities from parenting in general. OBServatorio (OBS*), 14 (4). 119 - 134. ISSN 1646-5954

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This article examines how much parent-child interactions around the online world reflect broader, more long-standing parent-child relations and parenting dilemmas. It does so through exploring the meanings that parents give to their parenting practices and the beliefs that underlie parental mediation their children's online activities as well as the reasons for any differences between their broader normative approach to parental mediation and their actual practices. Qualitative in-depth interviews conducted with 26 Spanish parents of children aged 9 to 16-years-old found that many parents favoured the managed progression of children towards more autonomy and gave reasons why it was important to trust older children. However, the analysis explores a range of dilemmas parents experience when trying to implement these ideals, where issues of privacy, trust and managing that progression all proved to be problematic.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > T Technology (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 14:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:32

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