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Factors influencing the digital parenting styles of Malaysian parents

Mohamed, Shafizan and Wok, Saodah and Wan Mohd Ghazali, Wan Norshira and Mohd Nasir, Nur Shakira (2022) Factors influencing the digital parenting styles of Malaysian parents. International Journal for Studies on Children, Women, Elderly and Disabled (IJCWED), 17. pp. 24-31. E-ISSN 0128-309X

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When it comes to their children's digital use, today's parents are frequently at a loss. There are no hard and fast rules or guidelines to tell them how to digitally parent effectively. The abundance of news coverage and stories about cybercrime and improper digital use, such as pornography and fake news, exacerbates parents' concerns. Regardless, parents have little choice but to embrace digital technologies because the world is rapidly changing, and the future will inevitably be digital. Traditional parenting methods may no longer be sufficient to help children grow into successful adults. Parents must ensure that their children can benefit from digital technologies while also being prepared to tackle digital threats. According to studies, the enabling digital parenting style is the ideal since it provides a technique of balancing the risks and benefits of children's digital use. Parents' digital parenting approaches are frequently influenced by their demographic background and local customs. As a result, this study investigated how factors like parental role, ethnicity, age, educational background, household income, and work position affect the skills that parents need to become enabling digital parents. A total of 654 Malaysian parents from various demographic backgrounds were surveyed. According to the findings, parents with greater incomes, better employment, and educational statuses are likely to have more enabling digital parenting styles. The finding shed light on the potential problem of inequality in the digital dimension. It reveals the possible direction to which the digital divide may structurally discriminate between members of the society from different classes, as socio-economic background is proven to influence digital parenting styles which in turn, differentially affects children’s digital resilience and development for the future. This implies that equitable and just initiatives promoting enabling digital parenting approaches must be uniquely designed to respond to parents’ contextual circumstances.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Parenting Styles, Enabling Digital Parenting, Digitally Resilient Children, Digital Future
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ2035 Life skills. Coping skills. Everyday living skills
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T10.5 Communication of technical information
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: Dr Shafizan Mohamed
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 16:31
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 16:31
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101228

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