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Read the latest E-Bulletin January 16, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 16 January 2018 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 »

Apple shareholders call for Apple to act on children and mobile phones January 9, 2018

Apple has been asked to take urgent action to deal with children's smartphone addiction, amid fears that phone use and social media could be damaging the young generation who often spend hours on their phones every day. Two Apple shareholders, New York-based Jana Partners and the California State read more »

AMA call for ban on advertising junk food to children January 8, 2018

In a position statement released on 7 January, the Australian Medical Association has called for a number of measures to combat the growing obesity problem in Australia. These include a tax on sugary drinks and a ban on the advertising of junk foods to children. The paper states that, 'Advertising read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin December 19, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 December 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 »

UK report says digital habits start young and impact the journey to adulthood December 7, 2017

The newly released report Digital Childhood – Addressing Childhood Development Milestones in the Digital Environment considers how growing up in the digital environment directly impacts on a child’s development trajectory. It concludes that a managed route from infancy to adulthood is as important in the digital environment as it is read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin November 28, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 28 November 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 »

Australia’s first national children’s news and media report launched in Sydney November 20, 2017

News and Australian children: How young people access, perceive and are affected by the news was released today by Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology and Crinkling News. The report details how 8 -16 year-olds in Australia consume and interact with news and media. It underscores the need for a read more »

Trailers in cinemas: no changes to rules November 9, 2017

The Minister for Communications has today decided not to change the rules relating to the ways in which trailers for unclassified films can be shown in cinemas. The rules stand: all trailers for films which are, or are likely to be, a higher classification than the feature cannot be read more »

Advertising Standards Board determinations on movie trailer complaints November 9, 2017

The Advertising Standards Board has made 8 decisions (or Determinations) related to trailers for cinema films between July and October this year. The complaints lodged with the ASB related to the screening of trailers for M or MA15+ movies on free- to- air TV, and all except one related read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin October 26, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 24 October 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 »

National Children's Week October 21, 2017

21-29 October 2017 is National Children’s Week. Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia around the fourth Wednesday in October. In 1996 it was decided to adopt a permanent theme: "A Caring World Shares" as a reflection of Children's Week aims A diverse range of events and activities are read more »

Adelaide Festival of Children's Books October 19, 2017

The Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books will give children the chance to meet the creators of some of their favourite books and learn about what inspires them to make their stories come alive. It is the first of what the organisers hope will be an ever-growing celebration of the diversity and creativity read more »

Classification review announced for the horror film Jigsaw October 17, 2017

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Jigsaw which was classified R 18+ with the consumer advice 'High impact horror violence' by the Classification Board on 9 October 2017. The Classification Review Board will meet on 20 October 2017 to consider the application. The read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin October 9, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 9 October 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 »

Parents trash trailers October 3, 2017

ACCM's latest survey shows that 95% of parents want to be able "to choose a movie outing that will be age-appropriate for my children, and so trailers should only be for films that have the same classification as the feature". Read more about the results of the survey here read more »