Parents’ Concerns Over Internet Use, Their Engagement in Interaction Restrictions, and Adolescents’ Behavior on Social Networking Sites

Katrien Symons, Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Michel Walrave, Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet

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Abstract

Little is known about parents’ motivations to engage in Internet mediation nor about how parents may influence each other’s Internet mediation practices. The present study uses triadic data, with reports from the mother, the father, and the adolescent child from the same family (N = 357). Structural equation modeling (SEM) is applied for testing the relationship between parents’ concerns over Internet risks, parents’ engagement in mediation practices, and the adolescent’s engagement in risk behavior on social network sites (SNSs). Parents’ risk perception was not related to mediation practices, but the mother’s risk perception had a positive effect on the father’s engagement in parental mediation. Parental mediation predicted less online contact with strangers by the adolescent. The results show that both parents contribute individually to their adolescent child’s safe Internet use, which stresses the importance of involving both parents in parental mediation research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1569-1581
Number of pages13
JournalYouth and Society
Volume52
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Internet use
  • parental mediation
  • social network sites
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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