Parental mediation

Lucyna Kirwil, Maialen Garmendia, Carmelo Garitaonandia and Gemma Martínez Fernández

in Kids online

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302643 | DOI:
Parental mediation

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This chapter discusses parental mediation of children's internet use. When mediating their children's internet use parents favour social mediation over technical restrictions and restrictive rule making. Using social mediation, they prefer talking about the child's online activities subsequently to staying nearby or sitting next to the child while they are online. At least a quarter of parents in 2008 did not mediate their children's internet use at all. More educated parents do not use technical software because they trust their children, while less-educated parents may not know how to use it. Parental mediation depends on parents' characteristics, that is, parental role, education, and internet use. Parental mediation also depends on children's characteristics, with age being more important than gender.

Keywords: children; internet use; parental control; online activities; social mediation

Chapter.  4937 words.  Illustrated.

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