Children's exposure to negative Internet content: effects of family context (Research)

Posted on April 5, 2012, in Children, Internet, Internet Safety, Research

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Chang-Hoan Cho and Hongsik John Cheon recognized the negative aspects of children using the Internet and parents’ possible underestimation of the effects of their children’s Internet usage.  Concerned that inappropriate Internet content may jeopardize the health or safety of children, this study is designed to provide insights into children’s exposure to negative Internet content by building a hypothesized theoretical model that examines the effect of family context factors (family cohesion, shared Web activities, parents’ Internet skill, and parents’ perceived control) on children’s exposure to negative Internet content. Findings from the 178 participating families who completed the survey demonstrate that children are more exposed to negative Internet content than what most parents expect. Parents’ perceived control, obtained through shared Web activities and family cohesion, was determined to actually reduce children’s exposure to negative Internet content.

 

Find Full Research Article Here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m6836/is_4_49/ai_n25120984/?tag=content;col1

By: Chang-Hoan Cho and Hongsik John Cheon

December 2005

 

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