Just One-Third Of Australian Parents Use Content-Blocking Software

Federal government plans to impose compulsory internet filtering have dropped off the radar somewhat, but here’s more evidence that it’s not exactly top-of-mind for most parents: according to new Telstra-sponsored research, just one-third of Australian parents have installed any kind of blocking software.

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The study, based on a survey of 1255 parents, doesn’t suggest that it’s an online free-for-all: 55 per cent of parents set some kind of rules about how their kids can access content. However, with 62 per cent of parents arguing that it is their responsibility to monitor and regulate their children’s online activity, it’s hard to see much justification for the controversial government proposals to impose compulsory censorship. Right now those plans are languishing amidst the broader review of how classification should work, but that’s not to say they won’t rear their ugly head again in the future.


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