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Maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks for children online: the role of digital skills in emerging strategies of parental mediation

Livingstone, Sonia and Ólafsson, Kjartan and Helsper, Ellen J. and Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Francisco and Veltri, Giuseppe A. and Folkvord, Frans (2017) Maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks for children online: the role of digital skills in emerging strategies of parental mediation. Journal of Communication, 67 (1). pp. 82-105. ISSN 0021-9916

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcom.12277

Abstract

As internet use becomes widespread at home, parents are trying to maximize their children’s online opportunities while also minimizing online risks. We surveyed parents of 6- to 14-year-olds in eight European countries (N=6,400). A factor analysis revealed two strategies. Enabling mediation is associated with increased online opportunities but also risks. This strategy incorporates safety efforts, responds to child agency and is employed when parent or child is relatively digitally skilled, so may not support harm. Restrictive mediation is associated with fewer online risks but at the cost of opportunities, reflecting policy advice that regards media use as primarily problematic. It is favoured when parent or child digital skills are lower, potentially keeping vulnerable children safe yet undermining their digital inclusion.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2017 International Communication Association
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 15:42
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 09:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68612

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