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International expert to keynote event August 15, 2019

AN expert in media in the lives of young people will headline the Digital Environments and Developing Minds: Research and Strategies for Professionals, Producers and Policy Makers conference in Sydney on October 28. Dr Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is an associate professor working in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research section read more »

SBS to screen new drama focusing on students and social media use July 30, 2019

Young people's explicit use of social media will be one of the focuses of a new mini-series debuting in August on SBS.  The Hunting, starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, tells the story of two high school teachers who discover students are sharing sexually explicit images of their underage peers on read more »

Take our new online survey July 23, 2019

We'd like to hear your views about how useful Australia's classification system is to you and your children. Take our five minute survey here!   read more »

Annabelle Comes Home - why does it have an 'M' rating July 4, 2019

The horror flick Annabelle Comes Home is released in cinemas this month. While previous instalments in the series have been classified MA15+, the new movie has been given an M rating in Australia, in contrast to the UK's 15 rating (the equivalent to our MA15+ rating) and the Netherlands classification of read more »

ACCM’s reviews continue for now, but more funding needed July 4, 2019

The SA Government ceased funding  Know Before You Go and Know Before You Load movie and app reviews on June 30. To date, no other government funding has been forthcoming. For the last 17 years, ACCM’s skilled movie and app reviewers have watched over a read more »

Read our latest E-Bulletin July 4, 2019

The ACCM E-Bulletin June 24, 2019 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Digital Environments and Developing Minds Conference postponed to October the 28th. May 27, 2019

The ACEL upcoming conference Digital Environments and Developing Minds, planned for June 3rd, will now be held on October 28th. Click Here for further information on registration and conference details.  read more »

Read our latest E-Bulletin May 15, 2019

The ACCM E-Bulletin 13 May 2019 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Don't miss this free Adelaide event and an opportunity to win a Space Talk phone watch April 23, 2019

The free Adelaide seminar with Dr Susan Linn: The Hostile takeover of childhood - protecting children from hidden online marketing - takes place on  7 May 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a Space Talk phone watch. Note that although the seminar is free, the audience read more »

ACCM review services under threat April 9, 2019

The South Australian and Federal governments say they can’t continue ACCM’s funding for the Know Before You Go and Know Before You Load movie and app reviews from June 30. Please  DONATE NOW  to help save them. read more »

Classification review announced for the film, Hellboy April 4, 2019

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film, Hellboy. Hellboy was classified R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High impact violence, blood and gore’ by the Classification Board on 26 March 2019. The Classification Review Board will meet on 5 April 2019 to consider the read more »

Free evening seminar for South Australian parents, educators and health professionals. May 7th. April 1, 2019

Dr Susan Linn: The Hostile takeover of childhood - protecting children from hidden online marketing  A great opportunity for parents and teachers to engage with a leading expert on the commercialisation of childhood Tuesday 7th May, 2019 7:15pm - 8:45pm Concordia College Chapel24 Winchester St, Highgate,  Adelaide, SA 5063 FREE event (but audience must register) read more »

Bumblebee-A sting in the tail! December 19, 2018

The Transformers movie Bumblebee which is showing in the school holidays is likely to appeal to children, but parents should be aware that this film was originally classified as M, but was modified, and downgraded to PG.  ACCM feels that it should have retained the M classification due to the volume read more »

Read our latest E-Bulletin December 18, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 17 December 2018 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Australian Senate Report on loot boxes recommends a comprehensive review November 29, 2018

The Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee has delivered its final report examining loot boxes in video games. The ‘Gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items’ report culminates in a single recommendation: that the Australian Government “undertake a comprehensive review of loot boxes in video games.” Read more about this read more »

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