Technological Measures Restricting Minors’ Access to Media Content and its Use in the Context of Media Education in Slovakia



The aim of this study is to investigate the issue of the usage of the technological devices that are able to prevent children and adolescents from accessing the media content and media technology. In the Slovak Republic, we investigated the current attitudes of the adult population to the usage of a TV Parental Lock. Within the frame of the representative survey which attended 2,815 respondents age 16-83, we found that there are significant statistical differences among the various age groups in terms of the awareness of the Parental Lock function. On the contrary, from a gender perspective, there are no statistically significant differences between women and men in their knowledge of the Parental Lock function. Major findings of the paper provided a broader discourse on the challenges of the parental media literacy, whose role should be to raise the awareness and knowledge level of the various technological solutions that eliminate minors to access the unwanted media content or place time-limits on the media usage.


Media education, Media literacy, Parental lock, TV parental control tools, Parental mediation.


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