Restricting, Distracting, and Reasoning: Parental Mediation of Young Children’s Use of Mobile Communication Technology in Indonesia

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Abstract

Using qualitative interviews for data-gathering, this study investigated how parents with young children (aged 2–7) in Indonesia’s greater Jakarta area mediated their children’s use of mobile communication devices. Parents introduce their children to smartphones or tablets for educational, entertainment, as well as “babysitting” purposes. However, parents’ perceptions about online risks seem to outweigh those of benefits. Potential health issues, such as eyestrain and sedentary lifestyles, and exposure to violent content were seen as the most salient risks. Restrictive mediation on time and content was the most prevalent approach practiced, perhaps due to the age of the children and the lack of time and energy among working parents. In reaction to the children’s resistance to time restrictions, parents with older children attempted to reason with the children and engage in parent–child conversations, while those with younger children preferred to redirect them to other activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Communication in Asia
PublisherSpringer
Pages129-146
Number of pages18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMobile Communication in Asia
ISSN (Print)2468-2403
ISSN (Electronic)2468-2411

Keywords

  • Digital technology
  • Mobile communication
  • Online risks
  • Parental mediation
  • Restrictive mediation

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