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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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Parental mediation

Parental mediation

(p.199) sixteen Parental mediation
Kids online

Lucyna Kirwil

Maialen Garmendia

Carmelo Garitaonandia

Gemma Martínez Fernández

Policy Press

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

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