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Gomathi Ravishankar-Facebook-How technology threatens and impedes parent-child relationship

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    Gomathi Ravishankar-Facebook-How technology threatens and impedes parent-child relationship Gomathi Ravishankar-Facebook-How technology threatens and impedes parent-child relationship Presentation Transcript

    • The Technology Threaten and Impede Parent – Child Relationship? Gomathi Ravishankar Research student
    • The Reason Behind…
      • Family bond is very strong in Indian culture. Recently the growth of Social Networking Sites has given birth as a new virtual family member in several Indian families. Any new relationship will have its own impact. The study also talks about this virtual family member (Facebook) & its effect on the Parent-child relationship in a family.
    • Synopsis
      • To examine the intervention of Facebook addiction in the parent-child relationship
      • 35 Parents and 10 children were interviewed and their FB pages were monitored for a period of one month.
      • The findings of the study revealed that Facebook has enhanced a new kind of relationship between the family members.
    • What is Facebook?
    • Some interesting facts about Facebook
      • Globally
      • More than 800 million users across the world.
      • India is now the 3 rd largest FB user country in the world with 38million active members.
      • Source: Hindu Businessline, Dec 6, 2011
      • In India
      • Usage of FB happens between 6pm and 10pm
      • 60% of the traffic is from Non Metro Cities.
      • The highest number of active users is from the 15-24 age group.
      • Source: Sahiel Shah’s presentation on Social media Marketing Trends
      • in India 2010-2011
    • Why Facebook is very Popular
    • Parent-Child relationship
      • One of the most significant and intimate relationships among human beings. The bond is unique both in its biological foundations and in psychological meanings.
      • Many studies have demonstrated that parent/child trust is significantly affected by the privacy and disclosure practices of both parents and children
      • (Kerr, Stattin, & Trost, 1999; Petronio, 1994) .
    • Today…
      • There are increasing numbers of Parents registering in FB.(best part in it is, some children help their parents to open a new account, create their profiles and accepting them as ‘friend’)
      • While some children express their welcoming gestures, others respond negatively by joining anti-parent groups in Facebook such as “At Least My Mom Isn’t on Facebook!” “Against Parents Invading Your Facebook”
      • Source: (Yes Mom that Means You!) Aratani, 2008; Kornblum, 2007; Liew, 2007.
    • Methodology
      • A purposive convenience sampling technique supplemented by snowball sampling techniques carried out on Facebook.
      •   The details were collected through interviews with a set of 10 open-ended questions via FB chat, gtalk, mail and phone.
      • The qualitative method of long-table approach explained by Krueger and Casey (2000) was followed for the analysis of the open-ended questions.
    • Participants
      • Subjects were directly contacted on Facebook and participation was completely voluntary.
      • The sample consisted of 45 registered active Facebook users. ranged between 12 – 48 years of age group were monitored in this study for a month. (This comprises of 35 Parent & 10 children).
      • The analysis was done among 45 users from 3 locations of Tamilnadu. (Chennai, Coimbatore, Thirunelveli).
    • Interesting Findings
      • FB users have an average of 50-60 friends and sent about 3-4 friend requests on every visit.
      • The participant approximately spends around 15 hour’s very week. Visits the site min 40 times a week and spends about 20 minutes on each visit on an average.
      • They connect to minimum of 10 community pages, groups and events every week.
    • Internet Usage
    • Child & their FB visits
    • Parent – Child relationship
      • The Major 5 findings
    • Accepting Parent as Friend
    • Child visiting FB with Parent
    • Parents set rules
    • Relationship growth
    • FB Impact
    • Results
      • Pros:
      • The child feels elated with this new found freedom of expression. This make them to come out of their shyness.
      • The participants feel that Facebook deepens mutual trust of children and parents.
      • Help parents to understand a child’s thought process and know their likes and dislikes.
    • Results
      • Pros: (cont…)
      • A tool which enables them to gain a better knowledge of their child.
      • Facebook acts as an additional platform of reciprocity between parent and child.
      • As certain nonverbal cues present in face-to-face interactions are absent in FB.
    • Results
      • Cons:
      • The time a child invests in Facebook is gradually increasing in proportion to the time spent with his/her family.
      • These social networking sites are highly addictive to those youngsters who long for care and attention from their parents.
      • Usage of Facebook can be a threat in the near future to Parent-child relationship if not used properly.
    • Suggestions
      • The user should have control over their pages using privacy settings.
      • Minors, below 13 years of age should ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
      • Be cautious about posting and sharing personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number
      • Block and report anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications