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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about the effects of virtual violence on children. They say that their statement "aims to summarize the current state of scientific knowledge regarding the effects of virtual violence on children’s attitudes and behaviors and to make specific recommendations for pediatricians, parents, read more »
Noni Hazlehurst AM and Sally Sara from ABC Foreign Correspondent will join the final discussion panel at the Sydney Conference Violence in the Media: The stories and the science to be presented on 18 July by ACCM in partnership with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University. The panel will read more »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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