A Study on Mediated Parental Monitoring

Braganza, A. C. (2018). A Study on College Students’ Perceptions of and Responses to Parental Monitoring Mediated through Mobile Phone and Social Media, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

ABSTRACT: This study aimed to determine college students’ perceptions of and responses to mediated parental monitoring. A total of 393 undergraduate students from select target higher education institutions within Metro Manila were surveyed to identify their sociodemographic and family profile and describe their experience of mediated parental monitoring from their parents and guardians.

It was found that majority of the respondents experienced high level mediated monitoring, primarily from their mothers through text messages. Despite this, the respondents exhibited high rates of disclosure and truthful disclosure. They also performed high child-volunteered disclosure, that is, they voluntary inform their parents and guardians about their location, activities, and peers.

According to bivariate tests of associations between identified variables of mediated parental monitoring, there was a consistent positive and significant correlation between family cohesion, child-volunteered disclosure, perception of monitoring as a form of parental care, and rate of disclosure and truthful disclosure. These factors are inferred to be important for a more transparent mediated monitoring between college students and their parents and guardians.

Key Words: Parental Monitoring, Mediated Communication, Mobile Phone, Social Media

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