Vol. 12 No. 2 (2021): MEDIA EDUCATION – Studi, ricerche e buone pratiche

Parental strategies for limiting youths’ exposure to online risks

Maria Clara Cavallini
Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Sede di Milano
Simona Caravita
Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Sede di Milano
Published December 1, 2021
  • risks in ICT use,
  • parental strategies,
  • parental mediation,
  • youth,
  • maladjustment


Given the new risks and opportunities generated by the use of the Internet since childhood, it seems necessary to deepen the parental mediation strategies with which parents can protect their children from exposure to online risks, perpetration of inappropriate behaviours online and psychosocial risks associated with a dysfunctional use of the web. This scoping review aims to analyse the literature of the last ten years on the strategies and attitudes of parents towards online risks. Twenty-nine scientific documents about parental mediation outcomes on children’s use of digital tools have been examined. Literature has been investigated in the PubMed, PsycINFO and Scopus databases. Only studies with a paediatric population published in the last ten years (from 2009) have been selected. The results suggest that empathy and interest are protective factors towards the exposure and perpetration of online risks of children, without limiting the opportunities offered by the Web.


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