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U of M researchers launch 'Parenting 2.0' project

Contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension,, 612-625-0237
Preston Smith, University News Service,, 612-625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/02/2010) —University of Minnesota researchers have launched a new online research project to help understand how and why parents use technology. Called “Parenting 2.0,” the project findings will be used to develop University of Minnesota Extension and other outreach programs for parents and families.

Parents who use the Internet and are willing to share their experiences are encouraged to visit the survey website at The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Jodi Dworkin, Extension family relations specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science is co-directing the research with Susan Walker, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Both departments are housed in the College of Education and Human Development.

“We hope to determine some of the processes and outcomes around parent technology use, such as how parents use the Internet for seeking advice and information about parenting,” said Dworkin. “Additionally, we’d like to know how parents use the Internet for family-oriented communications, such as monitoring children’s online behavior and participating in social networking themselves.”

To learn more about Parenting 2.0, visit

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