Australian Council on Children and the Media

ACCM Seminars


Raising Boys with Steve Biddulph in Sydney

Thursday 5th October, 2017 at 7:30pm

A seminar with Steve Biddulph (psychologist and one of the world's best known parent educators).
Based on million-copy world-wide bestseller Raising Boys, Steve will talk about why boys are different
and how to help them become happy and well balanced men.

Marrickville Townhall
303 Marrickville Rd
Marrickville, NSW

Ticket Prices
General Admission: $35
Concession: $25 (full-time student, pension card holders - card must be presented on entry)

We regret that babies and children cannot be admitted to the theatre.









Parent seminars with Steve Biddulph

Two Adelaide seminars by Steve Biddulph (family psychologist and one of the world's best parent educators)

Concordia College Chapel
24 Winchester St
Highgate, SA 5063

Raising Girls Tuesday 1 November 2016 - 7:30pm

Based on his best-selling book. Steve discusses babyhood to womanhood - and how to help your daughter grow up wise, warm and strong.


Raising Boys Wednesday 2 November 2016 - 7:30pm

Based on million copy world wide bestseller. Steve will talk about why boys are different and how to help them become happy and well-balanced men








Technology and children: must-knows from the experts

Two seminars will be held on 16th May 2016 at

Mask Theatre, Tyndale Christian School
50 Fern Grove Boulevard
Salisbury East SA 5109


Join us as we hear from experts:

  • Dr Kate Highfield - Nationally recognised expert on how technology can be used
    as a tool in learning and play

  • Ben Riley - Cognitive Behaviour Therapist; Researcher on gambling-related digital media

4:00pm-5:30pm: Professional Development ($25pp)

  • How to use devices in an integrated way
  • How to think about a world that is becoming increasingly digital
  • How to let students share their expertise without teachers feeling threatened
  • Awareness of potential issues


7:00-8:30pm: Parents/Carer Session (Gold coin donation)

  • Being a step ahead of our children
  • Understanding the links between games and gambling
  • Being clued in about devices
  • Encouraging children to be smart users







Parent Seminar

Marketing to Children: Resisting the pressure







7.30pm, Wed 19 August 2015

Highgate School
4 Hampstead Avenue
Highgate, SA 5063












Professor Elizabeth Handsley
Professor of Law at Flinders University; President of the
Australian Council on Children & the Media since 2011

Regulating children’s exposure to marketing: the role of government, industry and parents

Dr Julie Robinson
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Flinders University

Children’s responses to advertising: research and reaction

Chaired by Pam Simmons, South Australian Guardian for Children and Young People 


Cost $22 per person

ACCM members $20 (contact ACCM for your booking code)

Book your ticket at:

This seminar is hosted by Highgate School




Parent Seminar

“Guidelines for Good Gaming”

Physical and psychological effects of video and computer gaming


Thursday 19th March 7:30-9:30pm
Mercedes College, Springfield, South Australia


  • Prof Leon Straker- Professor of Physiotherapy, Curtain University
    The physical impact of electronic games – pros, cons and guidelines for wise use  
    (see below for links to publications by Prof Straker)

  • Dr Wayne Warburton- Senior Lecturer School of Psychology, Macquarie University
    The psychological impact of electronic games – pros, cons and guidelines for healthy use


Chaired by Amanda Blair - Mother, columnist, broadcaster and company director



Publications by Prof Leon Straker:




Choosing and using apps with children:finding good games and avoiding the pitfalls

A presentation for parents and all who work with or care for children (toddlers to teens) to mark the commencement of our new apps review service: Know Before You Load

7.30-9:30 pm Monday 7 April 2014
Colonel Light Gardens Primary School
Windsor Avenue, Colonel Light Gardens  SA


Dr Kate Highfield, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, NSW

Kate is an enthusiastic expert on children’s use of technology in learning and play.  She will discuss choosing and using apps with children and introduce our new app review service.

Dr C Glenn Cupit, ACCM’s Vice-President and former Senior Lecturer in Child development at the University of South Australia will discuss 'Apps and other media stuff: Using them to raise happy and healthy children'



Dr Michael Carr-Gregg - Managing media in families

Monday 19th August 2013, Immanuel Auditorium,Novar Gardens SA

There was a very positive response to this seminar from the 300 people who attended. We have received many requests for Michael's presentation and information about the websites he mentioned. What follows is a brief summary of the presentation made by ACCM staff, together with links to some of the important sites that Michael mentioned.

The role of parents

  • Parents should be mentors, not mates. Parents need to set boundaries
  • Much technology is new to this generation and parents have to develop new knowledge and skills to manage children’s use. This is part of being a parent.
  • Have conversations with your child about everything , including what happens on facebook.

Development and the media

  • The brain doesn’t fully develop until 23 yrs for girls and 27 for boys
  • Young children : 0-2 yr olds should have no screen time- they need to develop relationships and interact with real people
  • Once they are over 2, for every hour of screen time, children should spend 2 hrs doing some other activity.
  • Children need skills, knowledge and strategies to use the media in a good way. Parents and schools can help them to develop these
  • Keep TVs and other screens (including phones) out of bedrooms - poor sleep affects hormone levels and eating behaviour, leading to obesity

Managing new media

  • Social media: treat others the way you’d like to be treated; don’t post anything that you don’t want the 4Ps to see- parents, police, predators and your principal!
  • Manage passwords; never give them out; make sure they are hard to decipher; use a program to randomly set password for wifi so that you are in control of family use.  
  • Play computer games together. Pay attention to the ratings.  Watch for signs of changes in behaviour. Set time limits. Gaming consoles all have digital controls: parents need to ensure these are on.
  • Mobile phones?  Ask yourself, “Does my child have a good record of sound decisions?" before allowing one

Facebook issues

  • No child should be on facebook before the age of 13
  • Before child goes on or other social media sites, parents need to become experts themselves - look at the Facebook Family Safety Centre together 
  • Talk about issues such as bullying so that your child is comfortable to tell you about what is happening. Know your child - you should be able to recognise signs of mental illness such as depression. Remember, children who commit suicide have other issues as well - it is not just what happens on social media.

Useful websites:

Cybersafety:  Child Exploitation and Protection Centre (CEOP)  ;   WiredSafety 

Online counselling for teens: eheadspace 

Mood assessment:  Black Dog Institute



Past Topics

  • Daytime Nighttime Screentime: Getting the balance right!
  • Grand Theft Brainspace? Games, apps & mobiles -issues & practical strategies
  • Video games: The good, the bad and the gory
  • facing up to facebook® with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg: what kids are doing online and how to keep them safe
  • Too Much Too Soon: guiding your child through a sexualised world
  • Bratz Britney and Bralettes: the sexualisation of childhood
  • Raising Girls
  • TV, Computers & Your Child: raising happy, healthy under 8’s