Parent-Child Communication about Internet Use and Acceptance of Parental Authority

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

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Structural equation modeling is applied to investigate how parents’ communication with their child about his or her Internet use is linked to the child’s acceptance of parental authority in the context of Internet use, and how this in turn is linked to the child’s social media behavior. This study surveyed children aged 13 to 18 and their mothers and fathers (N = 357 families) and found that acceptance of parental authority is a key factor in the effectiveness of parental mediation. It is recommended that parental mediation is studied as a dynamic process shaped by both parents and children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 3 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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