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Editorial: Even brief scary images can stay with a child for a long time July 3, 2020

  One of the glaring deficiencies in the present Australian classification guidelines is their inability to protect children from exposure to harmful scary images. The present guidelines only include attention to themes of threat or menace, and to violence and its consequences. ACCM argued in its submission to the Classification Review that the well-established impacts read more »

Choosing for children: a movie guide page coverage on Channel 7 July 2, 2020

7 News Adelaide reporter Tim Hatfield has covered ACCM's new Choosing for Children: a movie guide page. The story appeared during the hour-long 6pm bulletin on July 1, 2020. You can watch the story below. read more »

International prizes for Australian children's drama content June 22, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our June 19 edition here which includes: The latest on two Australian-produced television series' winning awards   Latest in news, including McDonald's unsuccessful in appeal against ad ban  The latest movie reviews on streaming services, including Fantasia and My Neighbor Totoro, and app reviews   read more »

New service launched to help parents find age appropriate movies May 27, 2020

ACCM has launched a new service to help parents find age-appropriate movies on streaming services here.   Two of ACCM's reviewers provide video reviews of their picks here. read more »

ACCM's new 'Choosing for Children' page: a guide to movies at home May 20, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our May 19 edition here which includes: Our useful guide for parents and children for what's on television streaming services  Latest in world news, including a new study that suggests teenagers who develop symptoms of gaming disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed and read more »

Editorial: Suspension of rules will rob children of some first-class stories May 7, 2020

Guest editorial by Matthew Deaner, Screen Producers Australia chief executive officer  The impact of the coronavirus and the global effort to stop or slow its spread has reached into almost every aspect of our lives. This is true for everyone, including for children, who are staying home from school, are missing read more »

April small screen is out now! May 5, 2020

The April small screen is OUT NOW The latest small screen newsletter is available to subscribers here. This edition includes a look at how changes to the government's local content quotas meant many children's programmes were dropped in favour of reruns of axed lifestyle and reality shows. We also look at read more »

Children's content obligations suspended and much more April 23, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our April 23 edition here which includes: The latest on the government suspending content obligations and what that means for children's programming  Latest in news, including a review of Bluey's second season  The latest movie reviews on streaming services, including James and the read more »

Screen resources for parents and children at home April 14, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our April 15 edition here which includes: Our useful guide for parents and children stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic   Latest in world news, including a delightful video of Dr Susan Linn, US child psychotherapist and talented puppeteer, helping her little friend Audrey cope read more »

Editorial: Fear in front of the screen April 3, 2020

A newly published book adds support to the importance of the work that ACCM has been doing in providing parents with access to information about the age-appropriateness  of movies for their children.  ACCM believes it’s even more important,  at read more »

The March Small Screen is out now! March 31, 2020

The latest small screen newsletter is available to subscribers here. This edition includes a preview of the new book, Fear in Front of the Screen, the story behind a ruling against Channel 9 and how ACCM's Know Before You Go review service is adapting to the closure of cinemas across read more »

Children, COVID-19 closures and screen time March 26, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our March 24 edition here which includes: Four ways to keep your children entertained while you're at home due to Coronavirus  Latest in world news, including a ban on certain app features and advertising aimed at children in the US The latest movie reviews, read more »

March 11 e-bulletin out now! March 10, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our March 11 edition here which includes: ACCM's submission to the government's classification review  Latest in world news, including a ban on food billboards near schools  The latest movie reviews, including The Call of the Wild   read more »

Editorial: One size does not always fit all March 2, 2020

  BRIDGET Fair, chief executive officer of the free-to-air TV industry body Free TV Australia, gained quite a bit of coverage with her media release of February 25 titled 'Free TV Broadcasters welcome greater harmonisation of classification rules'. In this Ms Fair (inset, below) read more »

Change Australia's classification system: reduce children's exposure to glamorised violence February 27, 2020

  “The message that ‘violence works and violence wins’ is embedded in many computer games and films played or seen by children and teens, and is causing them harm” says Prof Elizabeth Handsley, President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM). “Our classification system provides easy access to read more »