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September 29 e-bulletin is out! September 30, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our September 29 edition here    read more »

AANA revised Code of Ethics fails to tackle scary ads, fails children September 25, 2020

The newly released AANA Code of Ethics for advertising has been criticised by national peak organisation, the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) for failing to change its Code so it would be effective in preventing the exposure of children to scary and harmful ads.  ACCM President, Prof Elizabeth read more »

September 16 e-bulletin out now! September 16, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our September 16 edition here which includes: Top stories including a new study on screen time and academic development  The latest in news, including five tips on how organisations can put children's online safety first The latest in movie reviews including new release films that are read more »

Our review of Mulan is online! September 15, 2020

Our written review is available here  Our video review is available here   read more »

Editorial: Does advertising content meet community standards? September 7, 2020

ACCM notes the merger of the AANA and the Ad Standards Board which aims to ”reduce unnecessary cost and complexity in the self-regulatory system”. ACCM hopes that a further aim might be to support Ad Standards in “ensuring that advertising content meets community standards”. Ads Standards (ASB) has a Community Panel set up to consider read more »

August small screen is out now! September 7, 2020

The August small screen is OUT NOW The latest small screen newsletter is available to subscribers hereThis issue includes: The UN inviting interested parties to comment on their draft general comment on children's rights in relation to the digital environment  A new Netflix documentary on social networks coming this read more »

August 27 e-bulletin is out now! August 27, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our August 27 edition here which includes: Top stories including a look back at Round the Twist on its 30th anniversary   The latest in news, including the The Washington Post's op-ed on why junk food advertising should be banned  The latest in read more »

July small screen is out now! August 18, 2020

The July small screen is OUT NOW The latest small screen newsletter is available to subscribers hereThis issue includes: Screen Producers Australia warns of 'devastating' effects of Free TV Australia's case for deregulation Know Before You Go turns 18! The latest research on child read more »

Editorial: Know Before You Go turns 18 August 18, 2020

ACCM’s child-development- based movie reviews have now been running for 18 years. That’s quite an achievement, and one that we are very proud of. In 2002, encouraged by our patron Steve Biddulph, ACCM set up a team of people read more »

July 28 e-bulletin out now! July 28, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our July 28 edition here which includes: Top stories including news how the future of childhood looks in the digital age  The latest in news, including the economic and social benefits of commercial television in Australia The latest in movie reviews including new read more »

Editorial: Even brief scary images can stay with a child for a long time July 3, 2020

  One of the glaring deficiencies in the present Australian classification guidelines is their inability to protect children from exposure to harmful scary images. The present guidelines only include attention to themes of threat or menace, and to violence and its consequences. ACCM argued in its submission to the Classification Review that the well-established impacts read more »

Choosing for children: a movie guide page coverage on Channel 7 July 2, 2020

7 News Adelaide reporter Tim Hatfield has covered ACCM's new Choosing for Children: a movie guide page. The story appeared during the hour-long 6pm bulletin on July 1, 2020. You can watch the story below. read more »

International prizes for Australian children's drama content June 22, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our June 19 edition here which includes: The latest on two Australian-produced television series' winning awards   Latest in news, including McDonald's unsuccessful in appeal against ad ban  The latest movie reviews on streaming services, including Fantasia and My Neighbor Totoro, and app reviews   read more »

New service launched to help parents find age appropriate movies May 27, 2020

ACCM has launched a new service to help parents find age-appropriate movies on streaming services here.   Two of ACCM's reviewers provide video reviews of their picks here. read more »

ACCM's new 'Choosing for Children' page: a guide to movies at home May 20, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our May 19 edition here which includes: Our useful guide for parents and children for what's on television streaming services  Latest in world news, including a new study that suggests teenagers who develop symptoms of gaming disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed and read more »