The impact of home literacy and family factors on screen media use among Dutch Preteens

Duursma, E., Meijer, A. & Bot, de, K., Feb-2017, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 26, 2, p. 612-622 11 p.

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  • The Impact of Home Literacy and Family Factors

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This study examined preteens' screen media use and potential differences in media use by child and family demographics among 1464 Dutch preteens. The results demonstrated that watching TV is still a very popular activity among children. However, other electronic media are also popular within this age group as 72 % of preteens had a cellphone. Children who spoke a language other than Dutch and whose parents were born abroad were heavier media users. Children with more books in the home and who read more frequently tended to be lighter media users. Boys spent more time on screen media than girls and were more likely to play videogames while girls preferred using social media. This study demonstrated that child and home characteristics play a significant role in children's engagement with screen media and literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-622
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2017


  • Screen media use, Preteens, Books in the home, Reading frequency, TV viewing, Videogames, Language spoken at home, Families, Social media, Computers, Internet, Tablet, CHILDRENS, ADOLESCENTS, TIME, CHILDHOOD, BEHAVIOR

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