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Regulating Systems, Internet

  • By: Teresa Correa
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

As regulating systems, mediation strategies have been applied to both newer and older media. Although more traditional media, such as television, have been the subject of much research from the early 1990s through the 2000s, there has been a dearth of information on newer media such as the Internet. Because of its ever-changing and interactive nature, the Internet becomes more complex and challenging to regulate by governmental policies, and parents bear more responsibility to monitor online activities at home.

The strategies employed by parents to manage their children’s media use are called “parental mediation.” Up to the mid-2000s, with the exception of a few projects led by Matthew Eastin at The University of Texas at Austin, research on parental mediation had mostly focused on mediation strategies ...

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