Conceptual understanding of screen media parenting: Report of a working group

Teresia M. O'Connor, Melanie D Hingle, Ru Jye Chuang, Trish Gorely, Trina Hinkley, Russell Jago, Jane Lanigan, Natalie Pearson, Darcy A. Thompson

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Screen media (television, computers, and videogames) use has been linked to multiple child outcomes, including obesity. Parents can be an important influence on children's screen use. There has been an increase in the number of instruments available to assess parenting in feeding and physical activity contexts, however few measures are available to assess parenting practices regarding children's screen media use. A working group of screen media and parenting researchers convened at the preconference workshop to the 2012 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) annual meeting, "Parenting Measurement: Current Status and Consensus Reports," to identify and prioritize issues in assessing screen media parenting practices. The group identified that screen media use can pose different risks for children, depending on their age and developmental stage, across physiologic, psychosocial, and development outcomes. With that in mind, a conceptual framework of how parents may influence their child's screen-viewing behaviors was proposed to include the screen media content, context of viewing, and amount viewed. A research agenda was proposed to prioritize a validation of the framework and enhance the ability of researchers to best assess parenting influences across the three domains of content, context and amount of children's screen media use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChildhood Obesity
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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O'Connor, T. M., Hingle, M. D., Chuang, R. J., Gorely, T., Hinkley, T., Jago, R., ... Thompson, D. A. (2013). Conceptual understanding of screen media parenting: Report of a working group. Childhood Obesity, 9(SUPPL.1).