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The role of parental mediation in explaining cross-national experiences of risk

Bojana Lobe, Katia Segers and Liza Tsaliki

in Kids online

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0014
The role of parental mediation in explaining cross-national experiences of risk

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This chapter examines the impact of different strategies of parental mediation (talking, setting rules and restrictions, using software) across 18 different countries. The results confirm the significance of parental mediation. In countries where parental-mediation strategies are weak or absent, children encounter high-risk experiences on the internet. As to the question of which strategies work best, the results show significant gradation in parental strategies used in high and non-high-risk countries, and the results of these different strategies are difficult to predict. In some countries, inter-personal mediation strategies – such as parents talking to their children and setting restrictions – have a greater effect. In other countries, the use of filtering software appears to be the strategy that may prevent children from being exposed to high online risk.

Keywords: internet; online risks; parental control; filtering software

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