Doctor of Nursing Practice
Date of Defense
Dr. Elise Schaller
Anne Thatcher DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, LMSW
Elise Schaller DNP, MHA, APRN, CPNP-PC
Dalania Watson EdS
Background: This paper poses to discuss and examine the concern of unmonitored and excessive internet use by school-age children, ages eight years to 11 years old, along with the importance of employing a Family Media Use Plan, which is recommended by the American Family of Pediatrics (AAP). This issue, although not often studied, is a common occurrence today and is associated with physical and mental health concerns for this vulnerable population.
Method: This quality improvement project was accomplished through educating and surveying the parent population of the Intermediate building of a rural, Southeast Missouri Public School District. The involved parent population completed a pre-education Qualtrics survey, reviewed an education module, then completed an immediate post-education and 3-month post-education Qualtrics survey. Following the completion of the education module and Qualtrics surveys by the parent population survey data was collected and analyzed utilizing paired t-tests which were completed through the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 29.0.
Results: The resulting data of comparing the pre-education survey and the immediate post-education survey did offer statistical significance in parental knowledge gain demonstrated by a p value of .018 attained through a paired t-test. Further completion of paired t-testing regarding use and awareness of the Family Media Use Plan, as well as parental knowledge retention, also resulted in findings that are statistically significant as noted by p-values.
Conclusion: This quality improvement project resulted in findings that support continual and increased involvement of parents in monitoring of their school age child/children’s
Kelly, Mandy, "Family Media Use Plan Implementation for School-Age Children" (2022). Dissertations. 1265.