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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2014 Sep;17(9):578-83. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2014.0095. Epub 2014 Aug 15.

Exploring the role of parents and peers in young adolescents' risk taking on social networking sites.

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1 Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University , Singapore .


This study investigated the role of parental and peer mediation in young adolescents' engagement in risk-taking in social networking sites (SNSs). A survey conducted in Malaysia with 469 SNS users aged 13-14 revealed that control-based parental mediation can cause boomerang effects, making young adolescents more inclined to taking risks in SNSs. While discussion-based parental mediation was found to be negatively related to young adolescents' befriending strangers in SNSs, it did not reduce privacy risks. Findings also suggested that peer influence could result in undesirable outcomes. In particular, the more young adolescents talked about Internet-related issues with peers, the more likely they were to disclose personally identifiable information on SNSs.

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