Australian Council on Children and the Media
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Australian Council on Children and the Media

Promoting healthy choices and stronger voices in children’s media

The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM), incorporating Young Media Australia, is a unique national community organisation whose members share a strong commitment to the promotion of the healthy development of Australian children. Their particular interest and expertise is in the role that media experiences play in that development.

The Australian Council on Children and the Media promotes healthy choices and stronger voices in children’s media and is a comprehensive source of information about children and the media.

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Featured Movie Review

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Book Thief, The

Not recommended under 13, PG to15 (Violence and war themes)
18 December 2013

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Featured App Review

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4 Pics 1 Word - Game Circus LLC

In this game, the player must use four picture clues to work out a word.
2 February 2014

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No gambling content found in the levels played

Latest News

Know Before You Load – a new service to help parents find the best in apps and avoid those that promote gambling. April 7, 2014

On April 7, the Australian Council on Children and the Media, with funding from the SA Government, will launch a review service of apps for children. This new initiative from ACCM will also incorporate a Children and Gambling Watch list. Project consultant and apps expert Dr Kate Highfield says the onslaught read more »

Why is it so hard to believe that media influence children and adolescents? April 5, 2014

This is the question asked by Victor C. Strasburger, Ed Donnerstein, and Brad J. Bushman, in their latest article in the journal Pediatrics. They look at the reasons why despite the fact that thousands of studies now exist, and the literature is increasingly clear about the potential impact read more »

New research summary on media violence April 5, 2014

The US Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) has released a new summary of research into the effects of media violence. The authors conclude that: What is supported by the vast body of research is the following: Media violence is an important causal risk factor for increased aggression read more »

Ask the Mediatrician: At what age should I take my kids to see movies with direct marketing ties like “The Lego Movie”? March 31, 2014

Dr Michael Rich from the Center on Media and Child Health at the Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health answers this parent question and others on the CMCH website. read more »

Information about parental controls from Common Sense Media February 18, 2014

For parents looking for ways to manage their children's online access, new  parental controls offer more features and flexibility than previous versions. They are neither overly restrictive nor too easy to defeat and don't prey on parents' fears about online risks. Read more on the Common Sense Media read more »