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An examination of parents’ online activities and links to demographic characteristics among parents in Sweden
School of Behavioural, Social, and Legal sciences, Örebro University, Örebro (SWE).
School of Humanities, Education, and Social sciences, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg (SWE).
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3328-6538
2023 (English)In: Journal of Family Social Work, ISSN 1052-2158, E-ISSN 1540-4072, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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In this study, we examined parents’ online activities and whether engagement in specific activities attracts certain parents. Additionally, we examined sub-groups of parents regarding their difficulties to interpret and deal with online information. We used a sample of 401 parents of children below the age of five living in Sweden. The results showed that most parents used the Internet frequently, but there were differences in what activities parents were involved in. In general, results suggested that mothers and parents of younger children used the Internet more to find information about parenting related issues compared to fathers and parents of older children. Mothers seemed to rely more on online information in their parenting role than did fathers, but at the same time, they reported more troubles dealing with the information they found online. Additionally, parents with higher education read parenting blogs whereas parents with lower education posted photos and information on Social Networking Sites (SNS). The results of this study offer important knowledge regarding variations in parents’ online use and might be used to develop support offered to different groups of parents. © 2023 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Routledge , 2023. p. 1-22
Keywords [en]
article; blogging; child; child parent relation; demographics; education; father; female; human; human experiment; human tissue; information source; Internet; male; mother; preschool child; social media; Sweden; tertiary education
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Applied Psychology
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19890DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2023.2197958ISI: 000962634600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85152076450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19890DiVA, id: diva2:1752340
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