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23 February 2017

Latest News

It’s time to change to age-based classification!
Support ACCM’s campaign for the introduction of age-based classification in Australia. Find out more about this and how you can take action.

Changes to Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
The Turnbull Government has introduced new legislation which it claims will enhance online safety for all Australians. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill will rename the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, to broaden the general functions of the office to cover online safety for all Australians, not just children.
In the News

Footballers concerned about gambling ads during games on TV

Survey shows that Australian children now spend more time online than watching television
but when it comes to at-home entertainment, TV still reigns…

NSW Police Minister speaks out about violent video game depicting officers.
Empathy- there’s an app for that
Teens and younger children may learn to be kinder and more empathetic by playing a game on their phones, thanks to a new, interactive app created by a group of social science researchers

Bluetooth-enabled doll banned in Germany

Save Kids’ Content UK
A new campaign to revive British children’s programming
2017 Kidscreen Award winners

Is this the diversity decade?
Kidscreen reports that a survey of the children’s production community reveals an industry-wide sense that it’s time to increase the range of voices and experiences both on-screen and behind the scenes.

Netflix wants to sell toys based on its shows
A Kidscreen report

Winning junior film-makers focus on bullying

Game therapy: serious video games can help children with cerebral palsy

Librarians lead the way to digital literacy
Librarians have an important role in helping students to process the vast amounts of information and news to which they now have access.

Is technology diminishing us?
Writing for the Guardian, Jonathan Safran Foer says that closer the world gets to our fingertips, the more we stand to lose

Why you should boycott the movie, Fifty Shades Darker
Caitlin Roper writes in the Sydney Morning Herald

No more Game of Thrones
The author of this article explains why she’s banned TV shows featuring violence against women
Latest Research
  • Australian food industry failing to self-regulate junk food ads to children
    A new study by Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney  has found no reduction in unhealthy food and drink advertisements on television during children’s peak viewing times
    The media release
    The study
  • Warning messages in children’s advergames may promote rather than protect
    On-screen messages to warn children when digital games are pushing unhealthy snacks don’t work and could in fact encourage them to eat more, according to a study conducted in Spain and the Netherlands.
    The news report
    The study

10 things girls need most
A new book from Steve Biddulph
A new online tool to reduce cyberbullying
Seminars & Events
Friday 5th May, 2017, 9am-4pm
242 Telstra Conference Centre, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne


Growing up digital: Young people, technology and mental health
Sydney: Feb 28 NSW - Free event
Generation Next - Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar Series 2017
  • Brisbane - Friday 26 May, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Perth - Friday 2 June 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Canberra - Friday 9 June, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Melbourne - Friday 16 June, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Adelaide - Friday 28 July, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sydney - Friday 4 August, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sydney Leadership Program - Friday 4 August, 2017 • 9.00am – 5.00pm
Australian content conversation
Australian Communications and Media Authority
16-17 May 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney

Parent Engagement Conference Australia
6-8 June 2017 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
New movie reviews

Hidden figures (PG) Not recommended under 10 due to themes, coarse language and lack of interest. Parental guidance recommended 10 -12.

Fences (PG) Not recommended under 13; parental guidance recommended 13 to 15 due to themes, violence, sexual references and coarse language.

A street cat named Bob (PG) Not recommended under 11; parental guidance recommended 11 to 15 due to themes and drug use.
New app reviews

AB Blast - Rovio Entertainment (13+) A speedy tap-to-match puzzle game featuring the popular bird and pig characters from other Angry Bird games. The player needs to free the birds by tapping on same-coloured balloons. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

Subway Surfer - Kiloo (16+) An endless runner game where players must run away from authorities on a busy train route. Gross motor and fast reaction time skills are required to play. Caution: Mild violence, criminal themes, advertising and Facebook connectivity. Not recommended for children under 13. Parental guidance for children aged 13 – 15.

Tengami - Nyanyam (6+) A quest game in which a Japanese warrior has to go on many journeys to find and retrieve various objects. Skills required include problem solving; complex puzzle solving and patience. Parental Guidance recommended for 4 – 5 year olds due to degree of difficulty.
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