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National and Ethnic Differences in Parental Mediation of Children’s Internet Use

How aware are parents - self-identified with an ethnic minority, majority, or immigrant identity - of their children’s experience of online risks? How confident are they in their awareness, and what do they do to have the awareness and confidence?

Father and son, of African origin, looking at a tablet
Photo: Colourbox

About the project

The project will explore the following questions concerning immigrant and ethnic minority parents in Europe:

  • What do immigrant and ethnic minority parents do to prevent their children from online risks (i.e., parental mediation)?
  • How much aware are they of the frequency of their children’s experience of online risks (i.e., parental awareness)?
  • How confident are they in their ability to prevent their children from online risks (i.e., parental self-efficacy)?
  • How do their parental mediation, awareness, and self-efficacy vary according to their own and child’s gender?

Aim

The present research aims to develop a theoretical framework, a conceptual model, and a measurement scale of parental mediation of children’s Internet use among immigrant and ethnic minorities in Europe. Given that an outstanding ethnic difference is observable in gender roles, the project will take into account parent-child gender differences on the risk awareness, mediation, and self-efficacy.

Background

Although there is a large dataset from the EU Kids Online survey conducted in 19 EU countries (2018), it has yet to be analysed for estimating national and ethnic differences in parental mediation of children’s Internet use.

Such an empirical analysis is needed to explain:

  • How confident are parents in ensuring their children’s online safety and access to online educational and social opportunities?
  • Do they mediate children’s Internet use in a way facilitating or hampering social and school integration?

Addressing these questions may facilitate implementations of technology-based parenting programmes, which are tailored to ethnically/racially vulnerable populations in Europe, and thus, serve European family policies and parenting support services for immigrant and ethnic minority parents.

Duration

27.09.2021- 26.09.2023

Financing

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 (ec.europa.eu) research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101026567.

 

Published Apr. 20, 2022 3:22 PM - Last modified Apr. 20, 2022 3:25 PM