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Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology





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This paper presents an information-boundaries perspective on the family and the Internet with the aim of helping to set the context for child development in the new media environment. Drawing from family studies, sociology, and communication, it lays out a model for viewing the family in relation to the Web. The paper draws research ideas out of the framework that center on four areas: family communication patterns; filters and monitors; information disclosure practices; and the Internet in the larger media context.

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NOTICE: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms, may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 22(1), 73-86, 2001, DOI: 10.1016/S0193-3973(00)00067-8


Date Posted: 26 June 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.