26 maart 2019 van 10:00 tot 13:00

Symposium 'Socially (dis)connected?'

Smartphonegebruik onder kinderen en de rol van ouders hierin

Preventing excessive online behaviors; what do parents do? Do you want to know how parents contribute to youth’ online behaviors, then subscribe to this mini-symposium!  

Society has become rapidly dependent on the use of screen-based digital devices such as smartphones and tablets. One cannot think of a day without access to the online world and today’s youth is grown up with the 24/7 availability of digital devices. Nowadays, many parents and professionals worry about the high involvement of youth in the online world. Are these worries justified? And, if so, how can the main influencers in youth’ lives, i.e. parents play a role in balancing of off- and online life? In this symposium we will share our current state of knowledge with the public.

Regina van den Eijnden
Regina van den Eijnden

Regina van den Eijnden is an associate professor at Youth Studies, Utrecht University. Her research focus is on gaining insight into (1) developmental processes underlying behavioral addictions (e.g. problematic internet and smartphone use, social media use, gaming) and (2) media-influences on adolescents’ psychosocial development. Her talk will be about the influence of (problematic) social media use on adolescents’ psycho-social development, e.g. life-satisfaction, school grades, social competence and sleep.

Prof. Andra Siibak
Andra Siibak

Prof. Andra Siibak is a Professor of Media Studies and program director of the Media and Communication doctoral program at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. In her talk, she will focus on the technical mediation and monitoring practices of Estonian parents, all of which may also jeopardize not only children’s rights and privacy, but also parent-child relations within the family.

Prof. Ina Koning
Ina Koning

Ina Koning is an assistant professor at Youth Studies, Utrecht University. Koning’s research involves investigating the role of parents and the social environment in the prevention of (problematic) social media use and gaming, including intervention development and translation, implementation, and evaluation. In her talk she will share recent findings on the bi-directional influence of internet-specific parenting and adolescents’ problematic social media and gaming as well as preliminary findings on the role of parents’ self-interest.


Walk in with coffee

10.00 – 10.15

Opening - Dr. Ina Koning

10.15 – 10.50

What do we know about consequences of (problematic) social media use? - Dr. Regina van den Eijnden (Utrecht University)

10.50 - 11.30

Key Note: Digital Parenting and the birth of the datafied child - Prof. Andra Siibak (Tartu University)

11.30 – 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 – 12.15

Problematic social media use and gaming: can parents make a difference? - Dr. Ina Koning (Utrecht University)

12.15 – 13.00

Plenary discussion about what steps need to be taken. Closure of the day - Dr. Ina Koning

13.00 – 13.30


Begindatum en -tijd
26 maart 2019 10:00
Einddatum en -tijd
26 maart 2019 13:00