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Peter Nikken

Parenting has become more worrisome nowadays because of the enormous number of media devices found in the home. On a daily basis, parents are confronted with questions of when and for how long children can use their media, what devices are appropriate for what age, and which types of content are beneficial and which may be harmful. In general, there is enough information and advice for parents – in particular on the Internet – but often such advice does not fully match the parents’ needs. Guidelines often focus on the amount of media use per day and the risks of media use. Less often do they communicate how to choose ‘good’ content and how to enjoy that content with children together. Moreover, advice is often directed at children or youth in general, not at children in a specific age bracket. Finally, most parenting support could benefit from the outcomes of child and media research.