Francisco Gallego, Ofer Malamud, Cristian Pop-Eleches, 08 April 2018

The potential risks and benefits to children of using computers are likely to depend on parental involvement. Based on a study in Chile, this column examines two factors that may affect parents’ ability to monitor their children’s internet use – lack of information and lack of influence. Providing parents with specific information about their children’s internet use was found to affect behaviour, while helping parents directly control their children’s internet access did not.

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