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Screen time relationship of Chinese parents and their children
Bi Ying Hu1; Gregory Kirk Johnson2; Huiping Wu3

This study explores the screen-time behavior of Chinese parents and the effects on their children's screen viewing time, cognitive skills and social development. Participants were 558 preschool children and their parents in Guangdong, China. Results indicated that the link between parents' screen preference and their children's screen viewing time was mediated by parental screen viewing time and their children's screen preference. Specifically, computer-based screen time of Chinese children was strongly affected by their mothers and less so by fathers. Furthermore, parental restrictions on TV viewing and computer use were positively associated with their children's cognitive and social development. As for content recommendations, cartoons and generic programming did not contribute to the development of social and cognitive skills in children, but educational programs and well-defined, kid-friendly content did. Parents who restrict their children's computer viewing time support the development of improved social skills in children, but these efforts are undermined when children watch cartoons or view non-educational content.

KeywordScreen Time Preschool Children Parental Restriction Cognitive Development Social Development
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WOS Research AreaFamily Studies ; Social Work
WOS SubjectFamily Studies ; Social Work
WOS IDWOS:000452345700070
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorHuiping Wu
Affiliation1.University of Macau, China
2.Polk State College, USA
3.Fujian Normal University, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Bi Ying Hu,Gregory Kirk Johnson,Huiping Wu. Screen time relationship of Chinese parents and their children[J]. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW,2018,94:659-669.
APA Bi Ying Hu,Gregory Kirk Johnson,&Huiping Wu.(2018).Screen time relationship of Chinese parents and their children.CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW,94,659-669.
MLA Bi Ying Hu,et al."Screen time relationship of Chinese parents and their children".CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW 94(2018):659-669.
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