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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 »

February 18 e-bulletin out now! February 18, 2020

  Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our February 18 edition here which includes:   Final days to have your say on the federal government's classification system review Latest in world news, including a new site that ranks child online safety across the world The latest movie reviews, including Sonic read more »

Five reasons to have your say on the government's classification review February 13, 2020

  Now is your chance to tell the Federal Government what you think of Australia's classification system. Many parents tell us they want more information that is useful for choosing movies for young children. You have until February 19, 2020, to make a submission.   Opportunity  You know read more »

Editorial: Let’s be bold with classification review February 4, 2020

  IF OUR classification system is to provide better protections for children, those of us with strong views about what needs to change must be bold in putting them forward in these next few weeks. But even more importantly, those managing the review need to be bold read more »

Outstanding new book about video games January 30, 2020

Outstanding new book about video games Game On! Sensible Answers about Video Games and Media Violence is a great resource for anyone wanting to know the facts about media violence to help in decision making and guidance.    ACCM’s President, Prof Elizabeth Handsley, says “the authors know exactly what questions need answering and read more »

Australian Government launches classification review January 13, 2020

The Federal Government has announced a review of the Australian classification scheme for "today's digital environment". The government website says the scheme, which was formed in 1995 in the age of dial-up internet, needs to be updated to meet modern forms of media, including the streaming services. "The current system was not read more »

Australia’s national classification scheme has 'reel' problems November 25, 2019

MORE than 75 per cent of Australian parents of young children say the PG category for films, games and apps is too broad. And 88 per cent of them think an age-based system would be more useful to them than the present one. These are the findings of an online read more »

Code of ethics review consultation extended November 18, 2019

Public consultation on a review of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA)'s code of ethics has been extended. In an email to ACCM, the AANA said a "number of stakeholders have asked for and been granted extensions so the Code review is still receiving further input". The email also said the Code would read more »

New government classification website to be launched November 12, 2019

New government classification website to be launched  The Federal Government will launch a new classification website on Wednesday, November 13. The assistant secretary of the communications and the arts departments' classification branch, Aaron O'Neill, emailed "key stakeholders" on Tuesday, November 12, to advise them of the new website. In the email, Mr O'Neill said read more »

Our president's challenge for action at the digital environments and developing minds conference November 12, 2019

Our president's challenge for action at the Digital environments and developing minds conference ACCM president Elizabeth Handsley's presentation Responsibilities and rights: stepping up to the plate is now available online via PowerPoint presentation and discusses the rights of children for protection from harm as well as to media that benefitted them, and for read more »