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Ad Standards rules only one It: Chapter Two promo is "excessively menacing" October 17, 2019

Ad Standards rules only one It: Chapter Two promo is "excessively menacing" - despite many parents complaining of "confronting" posters and trailers  A BILLBOARD advertisement for the horror movie It: Chapter Two - featuring the title character's mouth dripping blood - has been deemed as "excessively menacing" by the Ad Standards community panel. The panel ruled last read more »

Read our October 10 e-bulletin! October 10, 2019

Read our latest E-Bulletin here The ACCM E-Bulletin October 10, 2019 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 »

$35m for international research into children born into digital age September 24, 2019

QUT will lead international research documenting what life is like when born into the digital age Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced the federal government will spend $34.9 million setting up an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child based out of the Queensland read more »

ACCM: Advertising code of ethics fails to protect children September 17, 2019

  ACCM: Advertising code of ethics fails to protect children  Rules around advertising for violent and horrific films need to be tightened, ACCM says. The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) will urge the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), in its review of its code read more »

IT: Chapter 2 raises fresh concerns about horror movie promo and children September 17, 2019

Source: 9 News screenshot  Horror movie promotions: impacts on children not understood “Horror movies promoted using graphic outdoor posters, and trailers on TV and the internet, are scaring young children, and putting them at risk of long term problems. The government needs to read more »

International expert to keynote event August 15, 2019

AN expert in media in the lives of young people will headline the Digital Environments and Developing Minds: Research and Strategies for Professionals, Producers and Policy Makers conference in Sydney on October 28. Dr Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is an associate professor working in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research section read more »

SBS to screen new drama focusing on students and social media use July 30, 2019

Young people's explicit use of social media will be one of the focuses of a new mini-series debuting in August on SBS.  The Hunting, starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, tells the story of two high school teachers who discover students are sharing sexually explicit images of their underage peers on read more »

Take our new online survey July 23, 2019

We'd like to hear your views about how useful Australia's classification system is to you and your children. Take our five minute survey here!   read more »

Annabelle Comes Home - why does it have an 'M' rating July 4, 2019

The horror flick Annabelle Comes Home is released in cinemas this month. While previous instalments in the series have been classified MA15+, the new movie has been given an M rating in Australia, in contrast to the UK's 15 rating (the equivalent to our MA15+ rating) and the Netherlands classification of read more »

ACCM’s reviews continue for now, but more funding needed July 4, 2019

The SA Government ceased funding  Know Before You Go and Know Before You Load movie and app reviews on June 30. To date, no other government funding has been forthcoming. For the last 17 years, ACCM’s skilled movie and app reviewers have watched over a read more »

Digital Environments and Developing Minds Conference postponed to October the 28th. May 27, 2019

The ACEL upcoming conference Digital Environments and Developing Minds, planned for June 3rd, will now be held on October 28th. Click Here for further information on registration and conference details.  read more »

Read our latest E-Bulletin May 15, 2019

The ACCM E-Bulletin 13 May 2019 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 »

Don't miss this free Adelaide event and an opportunity to win a Space Talk phone watch April 23, 2019

The free Adelaide seminar with Dr Susan Linn: The Hostile takeover of childhood - protecting children from hidden online marketing - takes place on  7 May 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a Space Talk phone watch. Note that although the seminar is free, the audience read more »

ACCM review services under threat April 9, 2019

The South Australian and Federal governments say they can’t continue ACCM’s funding for the Know Before You Go and Know Before You Load movie and app reviews from June 30. Please  DONATE NOW  to help save them. read more »

Classification review announced for the film, Hellboy April 4, 2019

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film, Hellboy. Hellboy was classified R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High impact violence, blood and gore’ by the Classification Board on 26 March 2019. The Classification Review Board will meet on 5 April 2019 to consider the read more »