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Title: Maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks for children online: the role of digital skills in emerging strategies of parental mediation
Author: Livingstone, Sonia
Ólafsson, Kjartan
Helsper, Ellen J.
Lupiáñez Villanueva, Francisco  
Veltri, Giuseppe Alessandro
Folkvord, Frans
Others: London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Akureyri
University of Leicester
Radboud University
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: parental mediation
internet
online risks
online opportunities
child agency
digital skills
policy guidance
parental style
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2017
Publisher: Journal of Communication
Citation: Livingstone, S., Ólafsson, K., Helsper, E.J., Lupiáñez-Villanueva, F., Veltri, G.A. & Folkvord, F. (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), 82-105. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12277
Also see: https://academic.oup.com/joc/article-pdf/67/1/82/22321239/jjnlcom0082.pdf
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 8 European countries (N = 6,400). A factor analysis revealed 2 parental mediation 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 the 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 favored when parent or child digital skills are lower, potentially keeping vulnerable children safe yet undermining their digital inclusion.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/93079
ISSN: 0021-9916MIAR
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