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Screen time: What's happening in our homes? June 21, 2017

The latest Australian Child Health Poll Screen time: what's happening in our homes? was released today. The poll found that almost all Australian teenagers, two-thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of preschoolers own their own tablet or smartphone. Many children also have their own social media accounts and read more »

Violence in the Media - a selection of video recordings from our conference in 2016 June 15, 2017

On Monday 18th July, 2016, the Australian Council on Children and the Media partnered with the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University to present a one day conference in Sydney on Violence in the Media. Generation Next produced the following video recording of a selection of the presentations including: read more »

INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY UNITE TO RALLY BEHIND KIDS TV May 11, 2017

ACCM joins the #SaveKidsTV campaign to save Australian children’s content. For more information and to take action please read the full media release (below) or visit the #SavekidsTV campaign website. read more »

Conference and ACCM's 60th B'day May 9, 2017

On Friday 5th May, 2017 ACCM held a national conference (Tots and Tech: challenges for early childhood in a digital age) and a cocktail reception to celebrate our 60th Birthday.The conference was an overwhelming success with approximately 100 people attending. read more »

National Survey: Australia's classification scheme needs less PG and more guidance for parents May 1, 2017

Australia’s National Classification Scheme (NCS) does not give them enough information say 82% of Australian parents and carers”. And 89% think that an age-based system would suit their needs better.   These are the findings of an online survey conducted between March and April this year, by the Australian Council read more »

Government tables response to Senate Committee inquiry: Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet April 20, 2017

The Turnbull Government today tabled its response to a Senate References Committee on Environment and Communications report on Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet. The Committee’s report made four recommendations. Read the full media release Read the Committee’s report and the Government’s read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin April 18, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 April 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Does Australia's classification system suit the needs of your family? Last chance to complete our short survey. April 17, 2017

This is your chance to tell us whether Australia's classification system for films and games suits your family's needs. Your opinion could help to make a real difference. Australia's present classification system for movies and games uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+. All except R18+ are about read more »

Industry lobbies for removal of the quality children’s quotas on commercial TV April 11, 2017

According to The Australian newspaper of 10 April, the TV industry has told a House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into the factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian film and TV industry that it thinks the long standing requirements (1979) for quality quotas read more »

Australian researchers have contributed to a seven nation study of the impacts of media violence on youth April 10, 2017

The study, just published online in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, used the same research methodology in each of Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania, and the US. It found that violent media use was positively and significantly related to aggressive behaviour in all 7 countries media violence impacts were read more »

Police and community critical of violent video game April 4, 2017

ACCM President Professor Elizabeth Handsley contributed to this Nine Network news story about a violent videogame set in Adelaide streets and using images of SAPOL cars  read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 30, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 30 March 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Why all gambling ads during sporting matches should be banned March 21, 2017

The advertising of gambling during sports matches is becoming more frequent. For example, it has been reported that more than one-in-six ads shown during AFL matches are gambling-related.Now the Turnbull Government is reported to be considering banning the advertising of gambling during televised sporting broadcasts. Gambling expert, Dr Christopher Hunt from the University of Sydney supports read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 16, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 16 March 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Cyberhate with Tara Moss screening at 9.30pm, Wednesday 15 March on ABC March 14, 2017

The internet has given the world a voice. Why do some use their voice to shame, bully and brutalise? What does it mean for human nature, democracy and the future? In Cyberhate with Tara Moss, a documentary produced by The Full Box for ABC TV, Tara Moss investigates online abuse, read more »

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