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E-bulletin: How do you discuss difficult current events with children? January 12, 2021

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Editorial: Improving Australia's poor privacy protections December 10, 2020

  ACCM’s submission to the Attorney -General’s review of the Privacy Act (see small screen page one story) included the following concerns: THE ‘digital footprint’ of children under 15: Privacy law must regulate what data may be collected, used and disseminated by entities that engage directly with read more »

November 27 e-bulletin is out! December 1, 2020

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November 20 e-bulletin is out! November 22, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our November 20, 2020 edition here read more »

Take our e-safety survey! November 19, 2020

ACCM wants parents’ view on the apps their children play  - take our survey here   read more »

Editorial: Apps Can Trap November 17, 2020

By BARBARA BIGGINS CEO ACCM We all need to sit up and take notice of this finding from the ACCC report.  Sec 4.1 Despite increasing consumer concern about use of their information, new research conducted by the ACCC and AppCensus has found that consumers are tracked extensively online. Many popular read more »

ACCM submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child November 17, 2020

ACCM has provided feedback on the Draft General Comment No. 25 Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment (DGC). This submission has been prepared on behalf of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) by ACCM president, Professor Elizabeth Handsley, in consultation with the ACCM chief executive, Barbara Biggins OAM. The submission read more »

Esafety commissioner warns of hazards with game 'Among Us' November 2, 2020

Popular with increasing numbers of Australian children, this game has hazards not evident given its G classification. See here The UK group Internet Matters has a longer review and more advice on what parents need to watch out for including exposure to inappropriate content read more »

October 26 e-bulletin is out now! October 26, 2020

Our latest e-bulletin is out now! Read our October 26, 2020 edition here read more »

Android Software development kits (SDKs) from Jiguang found to perform invasive monitoring of consumers October 21, 2020

US researchers have found that the Jiguang SDK present in a number of Android apps was performing invasive monitoring of consumers. They said  “ … Jiguang’s SDK is particularly concerning because this code can run silently in the background without the consumer ever using the app in which it is embedded. read more »

Editorial: The AANA’s new Code of Ethics: a treat or a trick? October 20, 2020

Guest authored by our president, Prof Elizabeth Handsley  The newly released AANA Code of Ethics for advertising has been criticised by ACCM for failing to change its Code so it would be effective in preventing the exposure of children to scary and harmful ads. ACCM has read more »

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

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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 »