Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) present a new 1 day national conference:
Full Program Available HERE
DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS AND DEVELOPING MINDS: RESEARCH AND STRATEGIES FOR PROFESSIONALS, PRODUCERS AND POLICY MAKERS.
Digital environments are different. The devices are portable, accessible and very persuasive. The content grabs children’s attention, and doesn't want to let it go. How do we ensure that these environments support and don't hinder children’s development? What’s the research telling us?
The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) and The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) with the first Annual Children the Media National Conference combine to co-present a new 1 day national conference that brings these conversations, issues and research to the forefront of discussion across leaders, professionals, producers and policy makers.
Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: Main Agenda Session : 8.30am – 5pm
Sydney Masonic Centre
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.
Cost: (including GST)
Combine and save with ACEL Membership: $550
To register, click here
Committed to promoting better choices and providing stronger voices in children's media.
ACCM will be 60 years old in 2017!!
Help us celebrate by joining us at a one day conference on Friday 5th May, 2017, in Melbourne.
Tots and Tech: challenges for early childhood in a digital age
Friday 5th May, 2017, 9am-4:30pm
242 Telstra Conference Centre, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
We will explore the potential benefits and downsides of media and technology use in early childhood and ask:
- What role can technology play in helping children develop well? in promoting creativity? in supporting learning?
- What are the potential impacts on relationships?
- Are there problem levels of use?
Professor Susan Edwards - Director Early Childhood Futures research program, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University.
Dr Diana Warren - Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Dr Helen Dixon - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria.
Professor Leon Straker - John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University
Professor Sarah Blunden - Clinical Psychologist, Head of Paediatric Sleep research
Director Clinical Masters in Psychology Program, Central Queensland University
Dr Justin Coulson - Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
Associate Professor Jordy Kaufman - Director of the Swinburne Babylab, Swinburne University of Technology
Dr Kate Highfield - Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
Jonathan Anstock - Founding member Protecting Childhood advocacy group, PrivateTherapist Noosa Therapy Studio, Private PD provider Queensland Teacher Professional Development
Panel members include: Jenny Buckland (ACTF); Harriet Hiscock (Paediatrician); Clare McHugh (ECA), Lisa Mundy (MCRI) and Phillip Spratt, (ACSSO)
This conference will be of interest to early childhood educators, academics, health professionals, parent organisations and policy makers.
Join us at a cocktail reception at 5:30pm (optional - additional cost)
There are limited spaces available so please book early!
Conference delegates will receive a 10% discount at Punthill Little Bourke St. For the discount code please contact ACCM.
Presented by Australian Council on Children and the Media in partnership
with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University
Monday 18 July 2016
9am - 4.45pm
Parliament of New South Wales
Macquarie St, Sydney
This one-day conference focuses on:
- Unpacking the myths and presenting the scientific facts about violence in the media
- The role industry plays in shaping public perceptions on this topic
- The reporting of violence in the media and how this might impact further violence at an individual and societal level
- How media violence and reporting of violence impact on attitudes toward women and domestic violence
- The issue of developing effective evidence-based policy in these key areas.
The Chairperson for the day is Professor Alan Hayes AM, Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle.
The opening address will be given by Andrew P Scipione AO, APM, Commissioner, NSW Police Force
The conference line-up features a range of international scholars:
- Distinguished Professor Craig Anderson (USA)
- Amos N. Tversky Professor L. Rowell Huesmann (USA)
- Professor Barbara Krahé (Germany)
- Professor Douglas Gentile (USA)
- Dr Wayne Warburton (Australia)
- Professor Elizabeth Handsley (Australia)
Download a list of speakers' topics and abstracts
Final panellists include Prof Graham Vimpani AM, Noni Hazlehurst AM and Sally Sara AM, Journalist ABC Foreign Correspondent.
This conference will be of specific interest to those whose work or interests fall in several key areas: those working with children (educators, counsellors, psychologists, paediatricians, GPs, community workers etc), those working with victims of violence or domestic violence, or with an interest in the status of women, policy makers and journalists.
There is metered parking on Macquarie Street and Hospital Road or covered parking in Sydney Hospital car park.
For more information contact ACCM
This conference took place on Friday November 20, 2015
at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, 400 George St, Sydney (Map)
It was attended by a varied audience of education, health, law and
business professionalswith an interest in children's rights, children
as consumers and the process of marketing to children.
The principal speakers (with papers linked if received) were:
- Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner
Topic: Experiences of the child consumer : their rights and knowledge
- Elizabeth Handsley, Professor of Law Flinders University and President,
Australian Council on Children and the Media
Topic : UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, business and the child consumer
- Sarah Court, Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Topic: Scope for application of Australian consumer law to protect children’s interest
- Jenny Buckland CEO, Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Topic: Children’s television, a model for taking the child consumer’s needs seriously
Quality Play and Media 2014
Care and education in childhood
Adelaide July 8th 2014, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Salvation Army Ingle Farm, cnr Bridge Rd and Maxwell Rd, Ingle Farm
Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Highfield, Professor Margaret Sims and Dr C Glenn Cupit
This event is being held in conjunction with Children Communities Connections Learning Network
For more information about this conference, contact ACCM
Fourth Australian Conference on Children and the Media
Media, minds and neuroscience: The developing brain in a media-rich environment.
Sydney October 2013
Keynote speaker: Baroness Susan Greenfield: 'New media and young brains'
Chair: Prof Elizabeth Handsley Guest facilitator: Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National All in the Mind)
This event was sponsored by the Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC from the Parliament of New South Wales and was a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University and the Australian Council for Children and the Media.
Parents want their children to have a healthy lifestyle with healthy food, exercise and a wide range of valuable experiences, but often forget that healthy neural development must take into account screen time and the impacts on the wiring of developing brains in response. This conference will offer cutting edge research and information on neural development and the way that media can play a role in both positive and negative brain development. It features prominent researchers and clinicians including:
- Dr Kate Highfield: Upwardly mobile: Young children's use of mobile technologies as a tool for learning
- Assoc Professor Mike Nagel: What makes them tick? Understanding the developing adolescent brain
- Dr Philip Tam: Problematic Internet use in young people: Evolution of a 21st Century disorder
- Professor Graham Vimpani AM: What does it all mean for parents and those from whom they seek advice?
- Dr Wayne Warburton: Screen in the machine: What brain imaging studies tell us about the impact of violent media
Where: Parliament of NSW Theatrette, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW
When: Friday 4 October 2013
Please see seminars for more events.
- Growing Up Fast and Furious: Reviewing the Impacts of violent and sexualised media on children
- Scared Sleepless and Hostile: Children, Violent/frightening media and public policy
- The Corporate Takeover of Childhood: Who’s Paying the Price