Parents’ Interpretations of Screen Time Recommendations for Children Younger Than 2 Years

Brown, Alice ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0306-729X and Smolenaers, Emma (2018) Parents’ Interpretations of Screen Time Recommendations for Children Younger Than 2 Years. Journal of Family Issues, 39 (2). pp. 406-429. ISSN 0192-513X


Abstract

Move and Play Every Day: National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 Years was part of a suite of physical activity guidelines issued by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in 2010. Guidelines included the recommendation that 'children younger than 2 years should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media.' In-depth semistructured interviews investigated parents’ interpretations and factors affecting decision making regarding screen time behaviors of their young children (from birth to 2 years). Results reveal great diversity in understandings of recommendations and confirm that unique contextual factors, many of which emerge from the micro-environment of the family home, affect decision making. Variations in interpretation may account for disparities in the awareness and effectiveness of recommendations. Results may help inform future guidelines and interventions by pointing to the need to consider the idiosyncratic nature of young families in order to have the desired impact.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 04:54
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: screen time, physical activity, recommendations, parents, infants and toddlers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160199 Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X16646595
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30132

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