Role of parents in the use of technology in middle childhood
Anjali Bhatia, Priti Joshi
The present study is an attempt to explore the parents’ views and concerns regarding the role of digital technology in the lives of children aged 6 to 11 years. All the children went to private schools near their homes. The sample consisted of 22 participants (19 mothers and three fathers) belonging to middle SES and residing in of North-West Delhi. The data were gathered during home visits through interview of parents and observation of family interactions. The findings revealed that mothers monitored children’s usage of technology and online activities and also worried about health and safety issues while fathers’ role seemed to be negligible. The study points to a need for parents to play a stronger role in shaping children’s digital use protecting them from digitisation’s negative influences. It is also important to strengthen focus on reading and other means of active learning so as to encourage imagination, creativity and critical thinking.