Parental Monitoring of Technology for Offspring

Abstract: Parental Monitoring of Technology for Offspring (TCH) is a thirteen-item measure that captures the extent to which parents monitor their children’s technology use, how they enforce those rules, and the frequencies with which they talk to their children about technology usage.  The three mean scores are constructed from the items: a total score and 2 sub-scales capturing technology monitoring and discourse with their child about technology.  

Who Completed this Measure?: Target Child/Youth (now in adulthood)

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 28 | age 33-34

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 28 | age 33-34

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 28 | age 33-34

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: c28fs

Scored Dataset Name: TCH28

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

Measure Items and Scales:

c28fs01 Freq Check the content the of your child’s devices/social media accounts
c28fs02 Freq All smartphones, tablets, and laptops are kept outside of your child’s room at night
c28fs03 Freq Your child’s downloads must be approved
c28fs04 Freq use a third-party app or other tool to manage your child’s device
c28fs05 Freq enforce rules about the amount of time your child spends using technology
c28fs06 Freq monitor your child’s location using technology
c28fs07 Freq talk to your child about what he/she does online or on social media
c28fs08 Freq do shared activities together with your child online or on social media
c28fs09 Freq explain why some websites or types of social media are good or bad
c28fs10 Freq suggest ways to use the internet or social media safely
c28fs11 Freq suggest ways to behave towards other people online or on social media
c28fs12 Freq help your child when something bothers him/her online or on social media
c28fs13 Freq talk to your child about what s/he would do if something online or on social media ever bothered them
 
Scales Items Description
TCH28dis C28fs (07-13) Technology Discourse with child Mean Score
TCH28tot C28fs (01-13) Total mean score
TCH28use C28fs (01-06) Monitoring of Child’s Technology Use