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College researchers launch 'Parenting 2.0' project

WalkerS-pref1.jpgJodi DworkinCEHD researchers have launched a new online research project to help understand how and why parents use technology. Called "Parenting 2.0," the project findings will be used to develop University of Minnesota Extension and other outreach programs for parents and families.

Parents who use the Internet and are willing to share their experiences are encouraged to visit the survey website. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Jodi Dworkin, associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science is co-directing the research with Susan Walker, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

"We hope to determine some of the processes and outcomes around parent technology use, such as how parents use the Internet for seeking advice and information about parenting," said Dworkin. "Additionally, we'd like to know how parents use the Internet for family-oriented communications, such as monitoring children's online behavior and participating in social networking themselves."

Listen to the University podcast in which Dworkin discusses the research and project goals.

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