WISATAT AL-WALIDAYN BAYN ABNA’IHIM AL-MURAHIQIN WA AL-‘ALAM AL-RAQMI WA ‘AJZ ISTRATIJIYYAT AL-RAQABAH WA AL-TAQYID ‘AN MUWAKABAT AL-MUSTAJADDAT [PARENTAL MEDIATION BETWEEN THEIR TEENAGE CHILDREN AND THE DIGITAL WORLD AND THE INABILITY OF CONTROL AND RESTRICTION STRATEGIES TO KEEP PACE WITH DEVELOPMENTS
Keywords:Parental Mediation; Digital world; Social media; Media education
Abstract: : Strategies of control and restriction in the mediation of parents between their teenage children and the digital world are still the most prevalent to this day, despite the developments of the times, most notably the spread of social media and games among the new generation, which include new characteristics that differ from the characteristics of traditional media. This study aims to identify the challenges posed by the developments of post-internet digitization (specifically social media and games) on the mediation of parents between their adolescent children and the media, and to examine the efficacy of control and restriction mechanisms in the light of contemporary developments. Methodology: The study adopted the descriptive analytical approach in collecting and examining data, by presenting and discussing some previous studies in order to reach conclusions. Results: The study showed that parents' use of control and restriction strategies in managing their teenage children in the digital world is useless, not to mention the devastating effects it has on the relationship of trust and disclosure between adolescents and their parents, and about that the need to adopt self-regulation strategies based on media and digital education increases, so that Adolescents are motivated by self-consciousness and values to prevent the dangers of the digital world and protect themselves from its scourge in parallel with taking advantage of the opportunities it offers them. Conclusion: The study contributed to highlighting the need to develop the awareness of parents of adolescents about media education so that they can keep pace with digital developments and replace the strategies of control and restriction in dealing with their adolescent children with democratic support strategies so that the children can navigate the current and future digital world in balance and safety.