Computer/Mobile Device Screen Time of Children and Their Eye Care Behavior: The Roles of Risk Perception and Parenting

Fong Ching Chang, Chiung Hui Chiu, Ping Hung Chen, Nae Fang Miao, Jeng Tung Chiang, Hung Yi Chuang

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    Abstract

    This study assessed the computer/mobile device screen time and eye care behavior of children and examined the roles of risk perception and parental practices. Data were obtained from a sample of 2,454 child-parent dyads recruited from 30 primary schools in Taipei city and New Taipei city, Taiwan, in 2016. Self-administered questionnaires were collected from students and parents. Fifth-grade students spend more time on new media (computer/smartphone/tablet: 16 hours a week) than on traditional media (television: 10 hours a week). The average daily screen time (3.5 hours) for these children exceeded the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations (≤2 hours). Multivariate analysis results showed that after controlling for demographic factors, the parents with higher levels of risk perception and parental efficacy were more likely to mediate their child's eye care behavior. Children who reported lower academic performance, who were from non-intact families, reported lower levels of risk perception of mobile device use, had parents who spent more time using computers and mobile devices, and had lower levels of parental mediation were more likely to spend more time using computers and mobile devices; whereas children who reported higher academic performance, higher levels of risk perception, and higher levels of parental mediation were more likely to engage in higher levels of eye care behavior. Risk perception by children and parental practices are associated with the amount of screen time that children regularly engage in and their level of eye care behavior.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-186
    Number of pages8
    JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1

    Keywords

    • children
    • eye care behavior
    • mobile device
    • parenting
    • risk perception

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Communication
    • Applied Psychology
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Science Applications

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