We are well and truly in a digital era, our space and place is wholely consumed by technology. Even as I sit currently in the library people surrounding me are on their phones, their computers using them for studying and socialising. We are fortunate to live in a society that has quality access to the internet and the sites we want to and need to view. Regulation though frowned upon by users can actually sometimes be in their benefit, though few would happily admit to this.

Australia now has one of the most concentrated media environments (Phillips, 2015). In the cases of newspapers this may be an okay thing, by preventing one entity to control all of the news we receive we are offered multiple opinions about politics and have the freedoms to  make our own decisions. It was important for the government to make changes in regulation due to advanced in technology that allows the public to have access to digital content from anywhere in the world instantly.

 

When we were in primary school the only way we had access to technology was through a computer lab that was monitored by our teachers and an IT department. Nowadays however, children as young as 5 or 6 have digital access to the world wibe web through tablets like the iPad or the iPhone. With access to millions of pages of content, many that would be deemed as innaporpriate for a younger audience shouldn’t we be ‘thinking of the children’ and regulate their access to prevent the corruption of their innocent minds?

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I think regulation, in moderation, is actually an important part of a functioning society. I really don’t want to see confronting images online and hate to think what my younger siblings are exposed to. It is obvious that ourselves as the consumers want little regulation as there is no exact model that is a one size fits all in regulation. So it would important that individual families, businesses and communities take regulation for its members into its own hands.

 

There are many contributing reasons for media regulation in the home, school or workplace. Many places like schools have legal accountability to protect students from graphic content when there is an accessible internet connection with the school. Children who have access to violent video games and TV shows have the opportunity to learn and replicate the behaviours they see on screens in real life.

Below is a link to an online debate about whether schools should be allowed to block websites. There are many quality for and against’s in this debate and I can definitely see sides for both. This is definitely an interesting source as it really gets public opinion and collaboration about whether or not regulation in schools is deemed appropriate or not. The public seem to be in a majority for against rather then for regulation and it is understandable that many of these participants are actually students who feel discriminated by regulation, opposed to parents who feel they should be protecting their innocence.

http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-schools-block-websites

So whether your a univeristy student, family member, or another friend viewing my blog I would like to know what you think about school regulation. Is it important? Unneccessary? Do you believe that you have been unfairly regulated in your school life? Let me know below in the comments as I would definitely love to hear from you.

 

Until next time,

Eliza x

 

 

Bibliography & Interesting Sites: 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/the-history-of-media-ownership-in-australia/6831206

http://www.media-accountability.org

https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/television/media/updating-australias-media-laws

http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-schools-block-websites

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