In the Digital Australians survey, no single regulatory approach was thought to be most suitable for the current media environment; rather, a mixture of approaches was needed to address community expectations.
The study participants saw regulation as providing important protections, particularly for professionally produced content intended for broad audiences. Of specific importance was:
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When all participants in the Digital Australians survey were asked which groups they thought were responsible for preventing children from seeing content with too much sex and violence on the internet, they clearly indicated that most responsibility for this lies with a parent (this was in line with the qualitative findings).
Half (50 per [...]Continue Reading →
In the Digital Australians survey, the results of the quantitative survey supported the qualitative findings. As shown in Figure 22, when participants were asked to indicate how important they thought consumer information such as classifications and ratings were for broadcast television programs and content on the internet, between 35 and 48 per cent of [...]Continue Reading →
One of the key findings from the focus group discussions in the Digital Australians survey was the expectation that community standards should apply differently to content type rather than the delivery channel.
Participants consistently distinguished between user-generated and professionally produced content. This distinction was driven by the perception of each content type having a different ‘community’. Content [...]Continue Reading →
Respondents in the Digital Australians survey were also asked whether they had any concerns about content on the internet. Respondents generally reported a greater level of concern about this medium than television (56 per cent compared with 44 per cent). As shown in Figure 21, there were no significant differences by age, although women were more likely [...]Continue Reading →
Respondents in the Digital Australians survey were more aware that traditional media such as free-to-air television and radio were regulated, with about three-quarters or more believing there were guidelines in place. There was a greater level of uncertainty about subscription television (possibly due to lower levels of familiarity), although over half (54 per cent) [...]Continue Reading →