Title: What Drives Parents to Be More Involved in Their Child’s Online Activities?
Stream: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Rony Tutian, Western Galilee College, Israel
Maya Kalman-Halevi, Western Galilee College, Israel
Yehuda Peled, Western Galilee College, Israel
Shani Rosengarten, Western Galilee College, Israel
In recent years, information has been accumulating from various sources around the world and in Israel, indicating a continuous increase in children's accessibility to smartphones. The use of these devices, which enable access to the Internet, leads to a continuous increase in children's exposure to various dangers arising from surfing the Internet, as well as challenges regarding the role of parents and their digital skills. Hence, the research question arises as to whether a parent's general involvement in the child's life predicts his involvement in his child's network life, and whether there are other variables that explain this involvement. The study included 153 parents of children aged 8-18, who responded to the EU Kids Online questionnaire. The study findings show that not every parent involved in their child's life is necessarily involved in their child's network life. Technological knowledge has an essential contribution to a parent's involvement in their child's network life. Also, parental involvement in the child's network life was found to be higher among parents of girls and of younger children and was negatively correlated with the child's exposure to cyberbullying.
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