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Connected parents in the cybersafety age

This report provides an analysis of parents’ needs with regard to cybersafety education and focuses on patterns of internet use, identified concerns and information needs of the main caregivers of children and young people aged 8 to 17.

The insights from this research are utilised in the development and delivery of the Cybersmart program and resources specifically targeted at the key audience of parents.

Download Connected parents in the cybersafety age (DOCX, 243KB)

Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media

Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media

Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media

Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media was a follow up study to the ACMA’s widely acknowledged Click and Connect: Young Australian’s use of online social media report released in 2009. This new study replicated key elements of Click and Connect to collect trend data on:

  • The role of the internet and usage of social networking services by children and young people aged 8 to 17 years
  • awareness of online safety messages among young Australians
  • exposure to online safety risks
  • the role of other people in helping young people navigate their online lives.

The research also looked at new trends in technology and behaviour that have emerged since 2009, including the availability of location-based services, mobile access to the internet and social media, and sexting.

View the full report:

  • Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media (Quantitative research report) (PDF 3.8MB)(DOCX 3.8MB)
  • Like, post, share:Young Australians’ experience of social media (Qualitative research report) (PDF 1.5MB)(DOCX 376KB )

Please note — an accessible version of the graphic content contained in the report of the Quantitative phase will be made available shortly.

Like, post, share: Young Australians and online privacy (short report) 

This short report presents findings from the ACMA’s ‘Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media’ research, and explores the question ‘How well do young Australians protect their online privacy?’

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Cybersmart parents: Connecting parents to cybersafety resources

The ACMA has published its study into parents’ need for cybersafety information, including the topics about which they would seek more information, and the format in which they would like to receive it - view full research report (PDF 622KB).

Click and connect: Young Australians’ use of online social media

The ACMA’s Click and connect research focuses on young peoples' use of social media, including how, why and when they encounter content, contact and privacy risks when they are online. The research was conducted in two parts — a qualitative phase and a quantitative phase.

ACMA digital media literacy research program

ACMA’s Digital Media Literacy Research Program aims to improve knowledge about digital media literacy levels in Australia, and to inform the ongoing development of consumer education and protection programs by the ACMA and its external stakeholders.

ACMA’s digital media literacy research program for 2008 — 2009 included the following research projects:

  • Research into non-users and limited users
  • Research into attitudes towards the use of personal information
  • Media literacy players and programs in Australia
  • Understanding digital media literacy development in the adult population.

Media and Communications in Australian Families 2007

This major report (PDF 3.78MB) is an in-depth study of children’s use of electronic media and the way parents mediate that use. It includes an up-to-date review of the academic research literature on the long-term influence of media on children and families.

The research considered a range of children’s leisure activities and investigated how the internet, free-to-air and subscription television, radio, mobile phones and games fit into the lives of Australian young people and families.

Media and Communications in Australian families series of short reports; and Australia in the Digital Economy: research report series

This series of short research reports provide detailed analysis of particular topics from a major piece of community research commissioned by the ACMA. That research, Media and Communications in Australian families 2007, is an in-depth study of young people’s use of electronic media and the way parents mediate that use.

The research involved a representative telephone survey of parents from 751 family households across Australia, and a three-day time-use diary completed by 1,003 young people aged 8-17 years.

Developments in internet filtering technologies and other measures for promoting online safety

The ACMA has prepared two reports in response to a ministerial direction received in June 2007 to investigate developments in internet filtering technologies and other safety initiatives to protect consumers, including minors, who access content on the internet. The direction requires the ACMA to report annually on its findings in this regard over three years. The third and final report was prepared during 2009.

 

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