Children use electronic screens at younger and younger ages, but there is nascent empirical research on how parental attitudes and beliefs interact with their children’s media habits and characteristics. This exploratory study attempted to better understand how parental critical thinking skills, perception of media risk, knowledge of media effects, and media self-efficacy influence parents’ mediation of children’s media use and children’s media exposure. An online survey was conducted in which parents of children ages 5-10 answered a series of questions about the aforementioned variables. We expect the results to indicate that critical thinking skills, mediation of children’s media use, perception of media risk, knowledge of media effects, and media self-efficacy will be positively related to one another, and negatively related to child media exposure, justifying the need for a media literacy intervention.
Brogan-Freitas, Emily; White, Allie; Polizzotto, Hana; Escalera, Faith; Graziani, Lauren; Ima, Ashley; and Stack, Alex, "Rationale for a Media Literacy Intervention for Parents of 5-10 Year Old Children" (2019). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 318.