Parenting methods and children’s evaluation of their experience in using the smartphone: The case of Hong Kong


Paper presented at #husITa16 in Seoul, Korea, 29 June 2016.


 Yu Cheung Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong).


This study covers secondary school students (the majority aged 10-17) in 40 publicly funded local schools (out of a total of 479) in Hong Kong (excluding 30 international schools). A local NGO, which operates school social work services in these schools, sponsored the study to investigate the students’ habit of using the smartphone and their impact to their social education outcome and family relationship. A total of 1,564 students were enumerated via self-administered questionnaires in class and 1,300 parents of these children completed the questionnaire which their children brought home to them. In the sample almost all the children (97.3%) have used a smartphone but only 91.8% of the parents did so. The study explores the method of the parents in supervising their children in using the smartphone (18 items) and the perceived effectiveness of these methods by the parents. The findings were examined together with self-evaluation of their experience in using the smartphone (10 items) to identify the associations and the factors that might serves as moderators of the relationship.



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