Have you ever thought of tech addiction in your times? This is a modern form of addiction introduced by the overuse of smartphones and the internet. Parents today are concerned about the tech use of their kids more than any other threat. There is no doubt technology is transforming our lives and we have the freedom to do anything through our devices. But being omnipresent, there are damaging our kids. All the apprehensions about the internet and smartphone use are being supplemented by a growing body of research every day. Another such study has corroborated these findings now for Monitoring Child’s Online Activity.
The relationship between children and parents’ media device use
Researchers at the University of Michigan have conducted research about the impact of screen media and mobile on the children and family dynamics. According to the study, most of the parents agree that monitoring their child’s online activity is one of the biggest challenges faced by them. The research titled, “A Naturalistic Study of Child and Family Screen Media and Mobile Device Use,” goes on to state that parents spend more time discussing the mobile device use. With their kids than monitoring what they are watching online or downloading on their devices.
This research comprised of a small population sample for 75 children and their families. It was led by researcher Sarah Domoff, a postdoctoral fellow at the University Of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. The children understudy had recording devices with them all the time. These devices recorded their conversations, the sounds around them, and the audible screen media use. The findings by the researchers revealed some unusual trends between the parents and their kids about the smart device use, especially how they communicated about the media among them. However, more concerning was the lack of conversation about the type of content children were watching online.
Interestingly, it was learned that other family members had a significant role when discussing content with the kids. This means, that children and not the parents initiated most of the conversations. About the contents and the siblings played a more active role in content mediation than their parents. Another concerning finding was that even the younger children or toddlers were exposed to more than one media sources simultaneously.
Any solutions to Monitor Child’s Online Activity?
It is challenging for the parents to be aware of everything that their kids are exposed to online. The content delivered via smartphones is especially difficult to monitor. That is why it is pertinent for the parents to devise some policies, rules, and settings. This can protect their kids from the harmful effects of online content.
- One way to do so is to utilize the privacy settings provided by different apps and smartphones in their settings. YouTube and Google have introduced restrictions in their programs to disable publishing certain content to the children. But this is only possible if you do it before handing over the device to the kid. Parents are right to turn to the monitoring apps for streamlining their kids’ smartphone use. Apps like Xnspy are offering multiple solutions to the parents for regulating their kids’ smartphone use. These apps are equipped with remote control abilities to monitor the device use. Thus relieving the parents from the painful act of taking away the gadgets from their kids.
- The researchers in this study also recommend developing a family plan for media devices’ use at home. A tool was developed in 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics that assisted the families in formulating rules and goals about the smart device users based on individual preferences.
- Parents also face financial hits when their children download paid apps. When a child comes across the advertising of a popular game, they rush to buy the game. Common Sense Media’s app review is a helpful facility for the parents to review apps.
- Moreover, parents can engage other children to help their siblings watch appropriate content.
The detailed Research
The aim of this research was to identify the patterns of parental mediation and family communication around mobile media devices to Monitoring Child’s Online Activity.
The research has been published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.
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