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US Senate probes apps and marketing to children May 18, 2021

Protecting Kids Online: Internet Privacy and Manipulative Marketing read more »

Editorial: Classifiers differ about Ascendant May 5, 2021

                  The Australian film Ascendant was classified MA15+ for strong themes and violence by the Classification Board (CB) on March 30. On April 6, a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board (CRB) overturned this decision, lowering the classification to ‘M’with consumer read more »

April 29 e-bulletin is out now! May 3, 2021

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 »

ACCC releases interim report April 30, 2021

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases its second Digital Platform Services Inquiry interim report. read more »

Australia: Tech giant crackdown April 30, 2021

Australia: Cyber giants that spy on kids through social media, tech-toys and online games could risk $10 million fines under federal government plans to protect children's privacy read more »

Australia: Profiling Children for Advertising report April 26, 2021

Public policy advocate Reset Australia launched its report Profiling Children for Advertising: Facebook’s Monetisation of Young People’s Personal Data. read more »

Australia: ACCC wins case against Google April 16, 2021

Australia: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) won its case against Google for misleading consumers about the collection and use of location data. read more »

Editorial: Media violence hurts our children April 13, 2021

ACCM’s ongoing business is the collection, review  and dissemination of research on children’s relationships with screen media.  We note that much research in recent years is usefully focussed on topics related to children’s interactions with digital media such as cyberbullying, online safety, and read more »

March 23 e-bulletin is out now! March 23, 2021

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Brands off our kids: ACCM backs move to take action on junk food advertising March 8, 2021

A new report has called on Australian governments to protect children from unhealthy food marketing and highlights research that seven in 10 adults want their children protected from junk food advertising. The Obesity Policy Coalition report, released on World Obesity Day (March 5), says children should be read more »

Editorial: Can I Have Your Attention? March 8, 2021

Everyone is competing for our attention these days - advertisers and marketers, social media and game developers all want us to stay, play and pay.  This message was brought home in last year’s powerful documentary The Social Dilemma (Netflix).  Tristan Harris of the read more »

February 23 e-bulletin is out now! February 23, 2021

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February 11 e-bulletin is out now! February 19, 2021

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Editorial: Goodbye to C and P programs on commercial TV? February 3, 2021

The first day of the New Year saw the commencement of the new Australian and Children’s content standards for commercial free-to-air TV in Australia.    It seems unlikely that these will support the continued production and screening of quality age-appropriate programs for primary school read more »

Classification systems can impact children’s health and development: Listen here January 13, 2021

ACCM's president, Prof Elizabeth Handsley, was interviewed by Dr David Lim for Healthed's The Clinical Takeaway podcast series. The podcast has had more than 400 downloads and talks about media classifications and neuropsychological stages of development. Listen here read more »