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Parental mediation and children’s Internet use

Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 and Helsper, Ellen (2008) Parental mediation and children’s Internet use. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 52 (4). pp. 581-599. ISSN 0883-8151

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Identification Number: 10.1080/08838150802437396


This article examines parental regulation of children and teenagers' online activities. A national survey of 1511 children and 906 parents found that 12-17-year-olds encounter a range of online risks. Parents implement a range of strategies, favoring active co-use and interaction rules over technical restrictions using filters or monitoring software, but these were not necessarily effective in reducing risk. Parental restriction of online peer-to-peer interactions was associated with reduced risk but other mediation strategies, including the widely practiced active co-use, were not. These findings challenge researchers to identify effective strategies without impeding teenagers' freedom to interact with their peers online.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2010 12:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:22

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