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Evaluation of Parental Attitudes on the Use and Effect of Technology on Physical Activity Levels in Children Aged 7 to 11 - a Knowledge Elicitation Study

27 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2020 Publication Status: Under Review

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Robert Beech

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University

Fraser Philp

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University

Anand David Pandyan

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University

Michael McCluskey

School of Health Sciences, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate parental attitudes to the use and effects of technology on physical activity levels of children aged 7 to 11.

Methods: A web-based questionnaire was completed by parents of 7-11-year-old children who had access to technological devices. Pearson's chi-square test was used to determine if there were differences based on gender or parental occupation. Themes were identified and evaluated using content analysis.

Results: There were 197 respondents providing information on 231 children.  Children commonly had access to at least 3 devices at home. 53.3% of respondents did not feel that technology use had an impact on the physical activity of their children compared to 46.8% who thought it had a negatively effect.  There was no difference based on child gender, parent occupation.

Conclusions: Most parents do not believe that technology use negatively impacts upon physical activity, suggesting that enjoyment of physical activity and setting access rules account for this.  However, a substantial number are concerned it is having a negative impact, suggesting less access to technology would result in an increase to activity levels. Technological  interventions  that include restrictive mediation approaches and strategies to enhance physical literacy may be beneficial.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Technology, Child(ren), Behaviour Change

Suggested Citation

Beech, Robert and Philp, Fraser and Pandyan, Anand David and McCluskey, Michael, Evaluation of Parental Attitudes on the Use and Effect of Technology on Physical Activity Levels in Children Aged 7 to 11 - a Knowledge Elicitation Study. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3701673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3701673

Robert Beech

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University ( email )

Fraser Philp (Contact Author)

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University ( email )

Anand David Pandyan

School of Allied Health Professions, Keele University ( email )

Michael McCluskey

School of Health Sciences, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool

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