Parental mediation of children’s video game playing: A similar construct as television mediation
Volume: 2 ISBN / ISNN: ISSN 2342-9666
By means of an Internet-survey among 536 parent-child dyads, we researched which mediation strategies parents use for their children’s (8-18 years) video gaming. As in previous research on television mediation, principle factor analyses show that the same types of strategies are used: ‘restrictive mediation’, ‘evaluative mediation’, and ‘consicous co-playing’. Mediation is most strongly predicted by the age of the child and by parents’ gaming. Furthermore, parents are more restrictive and evaluative when they fear negative media-effects on behaviors and attitudes. They somewhat more often play together with the child when they suppose positive social-emotional effects of gaming.