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How should I talk to children about the result of the US election? November 10, 2016

Parents and teachers in Australia may be struggling with what to say to children after the US presidential election. This advice for US parents from US organisation, Common Sense Media might be helpful: What should we tell our kids? Be tomorrow's leaders, today read more »

ACCM wins Children's Week Award October 25, 2016

ACCM has received an award from the Children's Week Association of South Australia for "outstanding and consistent contributions to the needs, interests and welfare of children." The award was presented at an award ceremony at the City of Campbelltown Function Centre on 24 October. Children’s Week is a national celebration of read more »

Is TV's addiction to sports betting ads grooming kids to gamble? October 13, 2016

ABC TV's Media Watch program on 10 October discussed  the boom in betting ads during television sports programs such as the finals of NRL and AFL. Presenter Paul Barry pointed out that this put betting in front of children and compared this to the way that cigarette ads attracted children read more »

Australian study finds children increasingly in front of screens as they get older September 20, 2016

Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), run by Australian Institute of Family Studies shows that children are spending more time on front of their devices as they get older, with those aged 12 to 13 staring at screens for at least three hours a day. The study has tracked 4,000 children read more »

NSW Legislative Council commends ACCM for Violence in the Media conference September 12, 2016

On 10 August, the Hon Greg Donnelly moved the motion “Violence and the Media Conference” in the Parliament of NSW Legislative Council. The motion which  was passed by the Council, read in part: That this House acknowledges and congratulates the Australian Council on Children and the Media and the Children read more »

ACCM's app review service Know before You Load receives an award September 6, 2016

The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) gives Play Your Part Awards  for "Inspiring prevention initiatives". ACCM's Know Before You Load (KBYL) app review service will be presented with an award on Wednesday 7 September. KBYL includes the Children and Gambling Watch List, read more »

National eSmart Week 5-9 September 2016 September 5, 2016

National eSmart Week is an initiative developed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, in partnership with Telstra Foundation.During National eSmart Week schools and libraries across Australia to showcase their commitment to cyber safety - last year more than 550 organisations took part in the week. Read more on the read more »

Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner reports on a year of achievement. July 26, 2016

A year after its establishment on 1 July 2015, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has issued an online report on its achievements. Read the report Read the media release read more »

US pediatricians speak out on virtual violence July 19, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about the effects of virtual violence on children. They say that their statement "aims to summarize the current state of scientific knowledge regarding the effects of virtual violence on children’s attitudes and behaviors and to make specific recommendations for pediatricians, parents, read more »

Noni Hazlehurst and Sally Sara to join July conference discussion panel June 28, 2016

Noni Hazlehurst AM and Sally Sara from ABC Foreign Correspondent will join the final discussion panel at the Sydney Conference Violence in the Media: The stories and the science to be presented on 18 July by ACCM in partnership with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University. The panel will read more »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the shadows classified PG upon review June 9, 2016

The latest TMNT movie is released in Australian cinemas today. The film was originally classified M with the guideline ‘Action violence’ by the Australian Classification Board but, following an appeal, a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film should be classified PG (Parental Guidance) read more »

Classification review announced for latest TMNT movie June 2, 2016

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The film was classified M with the consumer advice 'Action violence' by the Classification Board on 30 May 2016. The Classification Review Board will meet on 7 June read more »

X-Men: Apocalypse reclassified on review from MA15+ to M May 19, 2016

X-men: Apocalypse  MA15+ with the consumer advice “Strong science fiction violence and themes, has been re-classified on appeal as M “frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language".The decision of the Classification Board, on 11 May 2016, to classify the film MA15+ was challenged by the Australian distributor, Twentieth read more »

National Families Week May 15 -21 May 16, 2016

This week is National Families Week when  thousands of Australians get involved in  community events to celebrate families in all their diversity. ACCM CEO Barbara Biggins is an ambassador for the week and as part of the week, ACCM is running Adelaide seminars for parents and teachers on read more »

Noni Hazlehurst calls for positive media for children May 9, 2016

In her Logies Hall of Fame acceptance speech Noni Hazlehurst called for a changed media environment, particularly for children. “[When I was young] there was no 24/7 news, no 24/7 anything, it was much easier to protect children from images they couldn’t assimilate,” she said.“With the explosion of technology read more »