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Do parental control tools fulfil family expectations for child protection? A rapid evidence review of the contexts and outcomes of use

Stoilova, Mariya ORCID: 0000-0001-9601-7146, Bulger, Monica and Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 (2023) Do parental control tools fulfil family expectations for child protection? A rapid evidence review of the contexts and outcomes of use. Journal of Children and Media. ISSN 1748-2798

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17482798.2023.2265512

Abstract

Among the parental mediation strategies promoted by policymakers to ensure children’s safety in a digital age is the use of parental control tools. A rapid evidence review was conducted to identify which families use parental controls and why, and the outcomes of such use, beneficial or otherwise. Of 1,656 articles returned by a keyword search of five research databases, the full text of 40 studies was coded to answer the research questions. The available research revealed that the use of parental controls depends on the age of the parents and children, their digital skills, parental involvement, and the motivation to reduce exposure to online risk. However, the consequences of use were mixed, with evidence of parental controls having both beneficial and adverse outcomes, limiting other outcomes or simply having no outcomes. While the review found little support for advocating parental controls as a stand-alone strategy, parents valued them when embedded in a broader approach to parental mediation and parent–child relations. The conclusions highlight the importance of a child-centred approach that holistically evaluates the potential of parental controls.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rchm20
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences
T Technology
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2023 17:41
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120219

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