Harm and Offence in Media Content: A Review of the Evidence, by Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Visit Amazon's Sonia Livingstone

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Children and teens are usually the 1st to undertake new media applied sciences, and oldsters and coverage makers stay eager about the common use of numerous media and its power results on children. Harm and Offence in Media Content offers an important and finished research of the advantages and risks posed by way of either tested and emergent applied sciences. Newly up-to-date, this balanced, serious account examines all media, together with interactive video games, social networking and cell phones. Many examples particularly concentrate on the USA, noting the ways that youth are utilizing new applied sciences and the partnerships this has given upward push to among nation governments, media regulators and web carrier services. This informative advisor to a arguable box of analysis might be an invaluable source for students in media, conversation, psychology, sociology and education.

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The Directive refers to the need to protect minors: (44) The availability of harmful content in audiovisual media services continues to be a concern for legislators, the media industry and parents. There will also be new challenges, especially in connection with new platforms and new products. It is therefore necessary to introduce rules to protect the physical, mental and moral development of minors as well as human dignity in all audiovisual media services, including audiovisual commercial communications.

13). The United Kingdom has rejected a uniform content classification system to date, recognizing the different relationships that viewers have with content through various delivery platforms. The broadcasting content regulator, Ofcom, has suggested that the possibility of a cross-media common labelling system should be considered, and it proposed as part of its media literacy remit (Ofcom, 2005): a study to test the feasibility of a common labelling scheme for content across all broadcast and interactive platforms, and whether this will equip people to make more informed choices.

In the cinema there may be entry restrictions based on (apparent) age. In the mobile telephony world, access may be based on age verification at the point of purchase of a telephone. However, the blurring of these traditional boundaries may occur as content is delivered via more or less ‘public’ access systems, such as radio over the Internet, radio via mobile telephony or radio via television (Ofcom, 2006). Freedom of Expression and Rights and Responsibilities The Human Rights Act 1998 also impinges upon the communications industry, along with legal instruments (see Annex II), statutory processes and self-regulatory Codes (Lord Chancellor’s Dept, 2002).

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