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.
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
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.
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
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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