OFCOM: Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report


From the executive summary:

Our 2012 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report provides detailed evidence of media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15. For the first time it also provides indicative information about the access to, and use of, media among children aged 3-4.

Our report also includes findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents seek – or not – to monitor or limit such use.

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Young Canadians in a Wired World: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online


From the introduction:

This report sets out the findings of an exploratory qualitative research study that examined the attitudes and experiences of children, youth and parents relating to networked communications technologies. Using a semi?structured interview guide, we conducted a total of 12 qualitative group sessions in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, with young people ages 11?17 and with parents of children and youth ages 11?17. A total of 66 young people and 21 parents participated in this research.

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Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2011) Next Generation Users: The Internet in Britain 2011. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.


From the introduction

This report opens by describing the emergence of “next generation users” who are developing a new pattern of Internet use. We follow the emerging next generation users throughout the next eight sections that summarise the details and highlights of the 2011 survey. The report closes with a methodological appendix. The first detailed section of the report focuses on describing the diffusion of the Internet as an innovation in information and communication technology (ICT). The second section focuses on the characteristics and attitudes of Internet users. The third part describes how people with different backgrounds use the Internet, followed by a fourth part which looks specifically at the use of the Internet in politics and government. The fifth section turns to the question of how the Internet is reshaping friendships and social networks. The sixth section looks at the social implications of Internet use. The seventh section examines beliefs and attitudes of individuals about the control and regulation of the Internet. The final section examines the key issue of exclusion, either by social and economic divides or by personal choice, describing non-users and former users. Each section opens with an overview of the trends described in the section.

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