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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424396

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.001.0001

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

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

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(p.173) fourteen The role of parental mediation in explaining cross-national experiences of risk
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Kids online
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Bojana Lobe

Katia Segers

Liza Tsaliki

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0014

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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