Children's and young people's interests as recognised in the Convergence Review, 2012
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
Australian Research Council
ARC Number : DP110100864
Children's and young people's interests are reflected in a range of issues considered in three key media reviews conducted mainly in 2011 but culminating in the Final Report of the Convergence Review Committee, released on 30 March 2012. A range of measures designed to protect children from media-related harm were considered and assessed for their effectiveness in today's converged media environment. These include well-established strategies such as time-zones for children's programming and a robust and effective media classification scheme, as well as newer measures including parental locks and effective technology-driven age-verification restrictions on adult content. There were also positive responses, such as support for Australian-made media content specifically created for children, and an endorsement of a flourishing youth-based culture around user-generated digital content which the Convergence Review Final Report argued should not be captured by regulation. With an excursion into proposals around the regulation of news and commentary, relevant to young people as to older citizens, this paper analyses and reviews the proposed changes to media and content regulation in Australia.