Latest News on Children and the Media

CMA submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts February 20, 2024

CMA has provided input on the proposed amendments to the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2022. This submission has been prepared on behalf of Children and Media Australia (CMA) by CMA President, Professor Elizabeth Handsley, in consultation with CMA Hon CEO, Barbara Biggins OAM CF. The submission can be read read more »

AGASA Inaugural Symposium 14 September 2023 August 13, 2023

Inaugural Symposium, Parliament House, Canberra, 14 September 2023 Hosted by Zoe McKenzie, Member of Parliament for Flinders (Victoria), the inaugural symposium of the Australian Gaming and Screens Alliance (AGASA) will take place in Parliament House, Canberra on Thursday, 14th September.  The symposium will feature speakers who read more »

FLICKS and CMA new partnership May 23, 2023

FLICKS and CMA new partnership Flicks, the leading movie, cinema and streaming guide and Vista Group company, and Children and Media Australia (CMA), have today announced a partnership making it easier for parents and carers to identify suitable content for their children to watch. read more »

CMA launches new resource for parents of 0-3yr olds October 25, 2022

READ, PLAY, TALK, and SING together CMA has launched a new parent resource Helping 0 to 3 year olds thrive in a digital world  in support of the SA Government funded program Words Grow Minds launched on 24 October and developed by the  read more »

EDITORIAL: TikTok, Apps and the Inherent Value of Children’s Privacy Online September 7, 2022

By JEANNIE MARIE PATERSON At least for very small children, parents are responsible for making decisions about their online presence and their privacy. Parents decide how much screen time their children have, the apps their children play with, and even their children’s online social media profile, such read more »

Editorial: CMA patron celebrates 20 years of “Know Before You Go” movie reviews August 2, 2022

Editorial: CMA patron celebrates 20 years of “Know Before You Go” movie reviews By Steve Biddulph We all know that erkk feeling in the stomach - we’ve taken the trouble, expense, and time to get our kids along to the movies, for a big family treat. (or just at read more »

Apps can track: and very few protections! July 21, 2022

Apps can track: and very few protections! Too many game apps that children play not only gather children’s personal data, but do this in a way that parents can do little to avoid. Read more here. Our Briefing doc is attached and the ABC story is here. read more »

EDITORIAL: A post pandemic world of ‘tele-everything’ – what does the digital ‘new normal’ mean for our children? July 4, 2022

By Dr Anthea Rhodes CMA Board Member Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne As the fear of COVID and strict government regulations swept across the world, adults and children alike took refuge in the safety of their homes as weeks of stay-at-home rules bled into the best part read more »

EDITORIAL: Developing brains, youth gambling and media May 10, 2022

By Assoc. Professor Wayne Warburton One of the things we know about children and teenagers is that their brains are still developing. The parts of the brain that work automatically – that cause us to feel emotions, remember things, fight or flee when threatened, and seek read more »

EDITORIAL: In these troubled times, children need healthy happy viewing. March 21, 2022

Children have been dealt a double whammy in the past couple of years: two years of on and off lockdowns, along with screens full of doom, gloom, disaster and violence. It’s no wonder that Australian health and medical bodies and researchers are expressing concern about children’s read more »

March 17 e-bulletin is out now! March 17, 2022

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! This e-bulletin includes the latest in child development news and our newest movie reviews. Read it here read more »

Social Media and Online Safety Inquiry releases report March 16, 2022

This inquiry (between Dec 2021 and March 2022) has made 26 recommendations. read more »

US President Joe Biden takes social media to task March 1, 2022

He said "we must hold social media platforms accountable for the national experiment they’re conducting on our children for profit". FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce Strategy read more »

ACCM completes 6 months of reviews showing app tracking behaviour January 31, 2022

Checkout your child’s apps here to see which ad-linked companies get your child’s data. read more »

Guest Editorial: Reset Australia discusses an Australian Privacy Code November 8, 2021

  By Elena Yi-Ching Ho & Rys Farthing The long awaited Enhancing Online Privacy Bill paves the way for an Australian privacy code, that addresses how all Australian’s data can be used on social media platforms (think TikTok), large online platforms (like Spotify) and by data brokers read more »