Background: This study explored how parents’ roles of accompanying children influence the relationship between children’s use of electronic devices and their sociability.
Methods: This study used data from Kids in Taiwan: National Longitudinal Study of Child Development and Care.
Results: The results showed that parents’ time with their children on weekdays moderated the relationship between children using stationary devices and their sociability. However, time with children on weekends and holidays mediated the negative effect of children using mobile devices on their sociability.
Conclusion: These findings have implications for future planners of childcare policies and educators regarding how to encourage parents to spend more time with their children and help them acquire sociability.