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  • 1. The Technology Threaten and Impede Parent – Child Relationship? Gomathi Ravishankar Research student
  • 2. 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.
  • 3.  
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. What is Facebook?
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Why Facebook is very Popular
  • 8. 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) .
  • 9. 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.
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  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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).
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. Internet Usage
  • 15. Child & their FB visits
  • 16. Parent – Child relationship
    • The Major 5 findings
  • 17. Accepting Parent as Friend
  • 18. Child visiting FB with Parent
  • 19. Parents set rules
  • 20. Relationship growth
  • 21. FB Impact
  • 22. 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.
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. 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
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  • 27. THANK YOU