DigitalMedia“Application”:AParentingSystemamongChildren of Indonesian Migrant Workers

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Introduction: The sending of migrant workers abroad results in neglected children. These children are prone to be ‘left behind’ due to the lack of care from their parents or foster parents (caregiver). This study aimed to examine collaborative parenting mediated by community cadres that involved the role of the migrant workers with the utilization of digital media to prevent the children from being left behind. Methods: This study applied the descriptive method by interviewing 39 informants. This research found that the community of migrant workers’ senders developed collaborative parenting to prevent the children from being left behind. Collaborative parenting referred to parenting of Migrant Worker’s Children mediated by community cadres by involving the role of Indonesian migrant workers (IMWs) living abroad and the use of digital media. Results: : The diverse media alternatives available today have made the parenting process more “natural”. In this sense, the parents can undergo the effective parenting process as in reality although living separately from their children. Conclusions: Media has transformed distant-parenting patterns enabling parenting styles closer to what they will normally do at home. Therefore, advanced communication has restored the parents’ ability to control and discipline their children as well as oversee them in more effective ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-98
Number of pages12
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Children left behind
  • Collaborative parenting
  • Neglected children
  • Negotiated provisional family
  • Polymedia


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