Using an online questionnaire among 785 parents (children 0-7 years) in the Netherlands we investigated a) whether parents experience problems when guiding children’s digital media usage, b) whether they feel competent in dealing with these problems, c) whether they need parenting support, and d) how these problems, competences and need for support are related to the characteristics of the parents, the family and the child. The analyses reveal that the parents’ experiences of problems is associated with negative views on media effects, the presence of older siblings living at home and occur especially when their child is active on social media. Parents’ feelings of competence are enhanced by positive views on media effects, older children being present in the home, and the involvement of the young child in educational games and media skill level. Parents feel less confident if their child is active on social media. Support is primarily dependent on the level of problems at hand. Moreover, professionals are consulted especially when parents feel less competent, their child is active on social media and no older siblings are present at home. Parents ask family or friends for advice when they have a negative view on media effects.

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Keywords Media diffusion, Parental mediation, Parenting support
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.5817/CP2015-1-3, hdl.handle.net/1765/85519
Journal Cyberpsychology
Citation
Nikken, P, & de Haan, J. (2015). Guiding young children’s internet use at home. Cyberpsychology, 9(1). doi:10.5817/CP2015-1-3