Cyber dads: What are fathers doing online?

Yaliu He, Jodi Dworkin

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Based on fathers’ responses to an online survey (N = 253), the comparison of the frequency of fathers’ general online activities and online activities for parenting, and the associations between fathers’ demographics and their online parenting activities were investigated. Furthermore, fathers’ attitudes towards online parenting resources, and the purpose for being involved in online parenting activities were explored. Results revealed that fathers engaged in each online activity significantly more frequently for general than for parenting purposes. Fathers’ age, race, education, income and residential area influenced their online parenting behaviors. Furthermore, despite fathers being comfortable using computers, they did not have a positive attitude toward online parenting resources. Implications for parenting education and family professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-230
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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  • Fathers
  • Online
  • Parenting
  • Technology

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