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Australian children’s television viewing and multi-screen behaviour - new ACMA report August 7, 2017

A new Australian Communications and Media Authority research report, Children’s television viewing and multi-screen behaviour, examines the viewing habits of Australian children in the context of a multi-screen environment. A TV set is the device most frequently used to view children’s programs for those aged 0–14. YouTube, Netflix and free-to-air television read more »

Study backs claims re the effects of TV series about suicide August 3, 2017

Following its release earlier this year, the series 13 Reasons Why was blamed for an increased number of calls to helplines in Australia. Now a study published in the American Medical Association's journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, reports a large increase in suicide-related searches in the days after the show's release. read more »

A monster calls - a great film, but not for children! August 3, 2017

Parents are warned that the PG rating, with the consumer guidelines Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare children, given by the Australian Classification Board to the film A monster calls could be deceptive.  The "mild themes" include a young boy with a mother dying of cancer, while the scenes that are likely read more »

US study finds 50% of apps for children fail to protect their data. August 1, 2017

Researchers from the US based Usable Security & Privacy group at the International Computer Science Institute tested more than 5,000 of the most popular apps aimed at children under 13 and found that half of them were failing to protect data. They report that the apps they examined appeared to read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin July 27, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 27 July 2017 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 »

Are our TV & film classifications adequate? And what about Netflix? July 13, 2017

Professor Elizabeth Handsley, President of ACCM, was interviewed on this topic by Dee Dee Dunleavy and Peter Stubbs on the Talking Lifestyle Breakfast show on 12 July 2017. Listen to the interview here She also spoke to Ali Clarke on the same topic on the Morning Show on ABC local read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin July 6, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 6 July 2017 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 »

ACCM Helpline closing: other contact options more effective June 29, 2017

ACCM’s national freecall Helpline has been phased out from June 30, as most customers prefer to contact us by email or social media. If you have any feedback, questions or requests for help, please go to the Contact us page on this website or find us on Facebook. read more »

Screen time: What's happening in our homes? June 21, 2017

The latest Australian Child Health Poll Screen time: what's happening in our homes? was released today. The poll found that almost all Australian teenagers, two-thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of preschoolers own their own tablet or smartphone. Many children also have their own social media accounts and read more »

Violence in the Media - a selection of video recordings from our conference in 2016 June 15, 2017

On Monday 18th July, 2016, the Australian Council on Children and the Media partnered with the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University to present a one day conference in Sydney on Violence in the Media. Generation Next produced the following video recording of a selection of the presentations including: read more »


ACCM joins the #SaveKidsTV campaign to save Australian children’s content. For more information and to take action please read the full media release (below) or visit the #SavekidsTV campaign website. read more »

Conference and ACCM's 60th B'day May 9, 2017

On Friday 5th May, 2017 ACCM held a national conference (Tots and Tech: challenges for early childhood in a digital age) and a cocktail reception to celebrate our 60th Birthday.The conference was an overwhelming success with approximately 100 people attending. read more »

National Survey: Australia's classification scheme needs less PG and more guidance for parents May 1, 2017

Australia’s National Classification Scheme (NCS) does not give them enough information say 82% of Australian parents and carers”. And 89% think that an age-based system would suit their needs better.   These are the findings of an online survey conducted between March and April this year, by the Australian Council read more »

Government tables response to Senate Committee inquiry: Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet April 20, 2017

The Turnbull Government today tabled its response to a Senate References Committee on Environment and Communications report on Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet. The Committee’s report made four recommendations. Read the full media release Read the Committee’s report and the Government’s read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin April 18, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 April 2017 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 »