The influence of parental factors on children’s receptiveness towards mobile phone location disclosure services

  • Hee Jhee Jiow National University of Singapore
  • Julian Lin

Abstract

A key ingredient of successful parenting is parental knowledge of their children’s whereabouts. The availability of, and easy access to, modern technology such as mobile phone location disclosure (MPLD) services has made it even easier for parents to locate their children by tracking their whereabouts. This study explored parental factors and children’s receptiveness towards MPLD services and found that children’s trust in their parents, optimal parental bonding, monitoring and solicitation, and children’s general disclosure patterns are positively correlated to children’s receptiveness towards MPLD, but parental invasiveness was found to be negatively correlated. The study found that in predicting children’s MPLD attitudes: (1) general disclosure habit of children is the best predictor; and, (2) children’s perception of parental factors are better indicators than parents’ perception.

Author Biographies

Hee Jhee Jiow, National University of Singapore
Hee Jhee Jiow is a doctoral student in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. He has 10 years of experience as a trainer and youth worker on CyberWellness issues in Singapore. He research focus is on parental mediation of video gaming in Singapore.
Julian Lin
assistant professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore
Published
2013-01-06
How to Cite
Jiow, H. J., & Lin, J. (2013). The influence of parental factors on children’s receptiveness towards mobile phone location disclosure services. First Monday, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i1.4284