|300 Social sciences > 301 Sociology & anthropology
|LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia: Human Resources Management Division
|Role of parents as the socialisation, Socialisation agent, Commuter families
|This study looks into the role of parents as the socialisation agent for their children in the lives of commuter families, which refers to the parents who do not live with their children due to distance and occupational demands. The rapid development of gadgets and social media technology such as the development of smart phones and
web 2.0 has allowed online social interactions made possible and can be used as a medium of change in being able to connect people who are at a distance from each other as seen in the case of commuter children and their parents. This study looks closely at how gadgets and social media technology helps parents of commuter families who work specifically at the LPPKN headquarters building and the role it plays
as a socialisation agent for their children. There are three research objectives in this study and they are as follows i) to explore the usage of gadgets and social media technology by parents in commuter families, ii) to identify the parenting style that is practiced by parents in commuter families when interacting with their children, iii) to analyse the effects of gadgets and social media technology on the role of parents in commuter families as the socialisation agent for their children. This study uses the qualitative approach through in-depth interviews and non-participant observation there are 10 participants involved in this study that was selected using purposive sampling. The symbolic interactionism and dramaturgy theory was used to explain the role of
gadgets and social media technology to the parents of commuter families and in helping them to understand their role in the socialisation of their children. Results from the study has shown that the use of gadgets and social media technology has definitely aided parents in commuter families' role in being the socialisation agent for their
children through online interactions. Other results include gaining insight to the authoritative parenting style that is executed in a democratic nature of commuter family parents and their consciousness towards the needs of their children. Besides that, the study has shown that gadgets and social media technology has given a positive effect towards parents of commuter families' role in being the socialisation agent for their children, in that it strengthens the bond and interactions between parent and child. This study has found that the use of gadgets and social media technology has enabled parents of commuter families to exercise their socialisation responsibilities towards their children through means of educating them and instilling moral values.