Students' computer use at home: A study on family environment and parental influence

Mingmei YU, Allan H.K. YUEN, Jae Hyung PARK

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Although parental influence on children's development is commonly accepted as essential, the way how parents affect students' information and communication technology (ICT) use at home needs to be explored further. This exploratory study aimed to contribute to a better understanding of parental influence on children's computer use at home by analyzing interview data collected from parents and students from two secondary schools. The study identified five components of parental influence: parental ICT skills, parental monitoring, parental control, parental guidance and parental worries. The relationships among these components were often complex with intriguing similarities and differences among the participants. The findings suggest the existence of parental influence imbalances in regard to students' home computer use, an aspect of the digital divide in education. Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-23
JournalResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012



Yu, M., Yuen, A. H. K., Park, J. (2012). Students' computer use at home: A study on family environment and parental influence. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 7(1), 3-23.


  • Parental influence
  • Students' computer use at home
  • Digital divide
  • Educational inequality