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Parental Digital Mediation According to the Age of Minors: From Restraint and Control to Active Mediation

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Department of Communication Sciences and Sociology, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28933 Móstoles, Spain
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Department of Journalism, CEU San Pablo University, 28003 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Audiovisual Communication and Journalism, University of Valladolid, 40005 Segovia, Spain
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Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(4), 178; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040178
Received: 2 March 2022 / Revised: 8 April 2022 / Accepted: 10 April 2022 / Published: 12 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Critical Child Protection Studies: Celebrating 10th Anniversary)
Research shows that parental mediation is essential for the introduction of minors into the digital environment and their development therein as well as to reduce their exposure to online risks. The present study examines parental strategies depending on whether minors are (dis)connected to the Internet and whether they differ according to their age. The motivations for minors to connect are also examined in relation to the frequency to which they connect to the Internet (activities related to school or learning, interacting with friends, and being entertained). The sample consists of 776 Spanish families with minors aged 5–17. Results show that parental mediation depends on the age of the minor, parental mediation strategies are more restrictive when minors are younger, and as their age increases strategies become more dialogue and collaboration oriented. In adolescence, parents mainly control internet purchases, yet they become more flexible with minors’ presence on social networks. The conclusions reveal that parental mediation is in the process of evolving from a restrictive approach to one that is more empathetic. The change in mediation is due to a greater awareness of the relevance of proper use of the Internet for the well-being of their children. View Full-Text
Keywords: social networks; parental mediation; minors; children; motivations social networks; parental mediation; minors; children; motivations
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Suárez-Álvarez, R.; Vázquez-Barrio, T.; de Frutos-Torres, B. Parental Digital Mediation According to the Age of Minors: From Restraint and Control to Active Mediation. Soc. Sci. 2022, 11, 178. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040178

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Suárez-Álvarez R, Vázquez-Barrio T, de Frutos-Torres B. Parental Digital Mediation According to the Age of Minors: From Restraint and Control to Active Mediation. Social Sciences. 2022; 11(4):178. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040178

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Suárez-Álvarez, Rebeca, Tamara Vázquez-Barrio, and Belinda de Frutos-Torres. 2022. "Parental Digital Mediation According to the Age of Minors: From Restraint and Control to Active Mediation" Social Sciences 11, no. 4: 178. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11040178

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