Author: Pavel Izrael
Institution: Catholic University in Ružomberok
Author: Mária Karasová
Institution: Catholic University in Ružomberok
Author: Melissa M. Yang
Institution: Endicott College, Beverly, USA
Year of publication: 2021
Source: Show
Pages: 27-38
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.20.60.2.02
PDF: tner/202002/tner6002.pdf

Based on an analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data collected in 2018 from the Žilina region in Slovakia, this paper intends to examine the relationship between parental mediation and parental digital media competence within households of children aged three to eight. Parent participants were recruited through schools that reflect the geographic representation of the entire region. In addition to 517 surveys, six onsite interviews with parents and observations of children interacting with digital media were collected. The research findings show that almost 50% of the children studied have access to tablets and laptops. The use of these digital devices increases with age. Qualitative data found that age and other contextual factors played a crucial role in the type of parental mediation implemented at home while quantitative data showed a significant positive correlation between parent’s digital media competence and parental mediation behaviors such as enabling mediation, technical mediation, and monitoring.

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