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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the shadows classified PG upon review June 9, 2016

The latest TMNT movie is released in Australian cinemas today. The film was originally classified M with the guideline ‘Action violence’ by the Australian Classification Board but, following an appeal, a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film should be classified PG (Parental Guidance) read more »

Classification review announced for latest TMNT movie June 2, 2016

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The film was classified M with the consumer advice 'Action violence' by the Classification Board on 30 May 2016. The Classification Review Board will meet on 7 June read more »

X-Men: Apocalypse reclassified on review from MA15+ to M May 19, 2016

X-men: Apocalypse  MA15+ with the consumer advice “Strong science fiction violence and themes, has been re-classified on appeal as M “frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language".The decision of the Classification Board, on 11 May 2016, to classify the film MA15+ was challenged by the Australian distributor, Twentieth read more »

National Families Week May 15 -21 May 16, 2016

This week is National Families Week when  thousands of Australians get involved in  community events to celebrate families in all their diversity. ACCM CEO Barbara Biggins is an ambassador for the week and as part of the week, ACCM is running Adelaide seminars for parents and teachers on read more »

Noni Hazlehurst calls for positive media for children May 9, 2016

In her Logies Hall of Fame acceptance speech Noni Hazlehurst called for a changed media environment, particularly for children. “[When I was young] there was no 24/7 news, no 24/7 anything, it was much easier to protect children from images they couldn’t assimilate,” she said.“With the explosion of technology read more »

Review of the ACMA - Have your say May 9, 2016

Department of Communications and the Arts has released the draft report on the Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for public comment. The report contains 27 draft proposals which address the objectives, functions, performance, governance and resource base of the ACMA. A media release from the Minister for Communications read more »

New US report finds that teens feel addicted to their phones, causing tension at home May 3, 2016

A new report issued today by US organisation Common Sense Media finds that 50 percent of teens "feel addicted" to mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids are addicted. Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily read more »

NSW Police Commissioner to speak at ACCM conference April 21, 2016

Andrew P Scipione APM,  the Commissioner of the NSW Police Force will be giving the opening address at the Sydney Conference, Violence in the Media: The stories and the science on 18 July 2016. Full details of this conference and registration. read more »

Public hearings commence for the NSW Parliament inquiry into the sexualisation of children and young people April 7, 2016

Public hearings for this important inquiry begin today - 7 April 2016. Read the ACCM submission to this inquiry Read the Collective Shout submission to the inquiry read more »

Join ACCM for an open garden event March 21, 2016

As part of the Open Garden SA Scheme, ACCM is the nominated charity for the Glenalta garden in Stirling Sunday 24th April 2016, 10am – 4:30pm $8 entry fee (under 18 FREE) $6 Concession  55 Old Carey Gully Road, Stirling Glenalta, described by read more »

Calls to remove alcohol advertising from public transport March 15, 2016

Health groups are calling for alcohol advertising to be removed from public transport following the release of the latest report from the Alcohol Advertising Review Board. The report, No way to ignore it: The case for removing alcohol ads from public transport, shows that alcohol advertising on public transport sites read more »

Warning - Deadpool is not a movie for children! February 16, 2016

Parents are warned to take notice of the MA15+ rating and the Australian Classification Board guidelines "Strong bloody violence and sex scene" for the movie Deadpool. The latest movie featuring a Marvel character is not for children under 15. ACCM have not reviewed this movie because of its restricted classification read more »

New research report: Aussie teens and kids online February 8, 2016

In an update to a 2014 report Aussie teens online, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner have released new research on behaviour and trends of Australian teens online. Read the research snapshot read more »

Children's eSafety Commissioner releases first six-month report January 19, 2016

Australia's first Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Alastair MacGibbon, has released a six-month report on the investigations conducted by his office. It shows an alarming rise in the numbers of young people creating fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to send malicious or sexually inappropriate messages to others. Although the main target age read more »

APA review confirms link between playing violent video games and aggression August 17, 2015

Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency, according to a new American Psychological Association task force report. Read the full media release read more »