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16 March 2017

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ACCM survey: Does Australia's classification system suit the needs of your family?
This is your chance to tell us whether Australia's classification system for films and games suits your family's needs.

Australia's present classification system for movies and games uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+. All except R18+ are about suitability for people under and over the age of 15 years.
Our new survey is designed to find out how helpful, or not, this system is for your family, and whether it could be improved.

Please take a short time to complete our survey


National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence 2017
The 7th National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday, 17 March 2017.
This annual day is Australia's key anti-bullying event for schools, and encourages all students to 'take a stand together' against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond.

How can you get involved?
ACMA registers new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has agreed to register a new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice, submitted by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), the industry group representing the majority of commercial radio broadcasters.
In the News

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

Feeling lonely? Too much time on social media could be the cause
A new study has found that, for young adults, social media may not be so social after all.

Kids help developers create app
An ABC report
Canadian educators are divided on how best to handle mobile phones at school

How tech and gender inclusivity are propelling the toy industry
Some of the big toy manufacturers are creating and marketing toys with both genders in mind, rather than dividing the toy space into pink and blue aisles.
Two stories on smart toys for children
Latest Research
Product placement disclosure has very different effects on adolescents than on adults
The study
Screen time and school readiness
The news story
The study

Information on the Modern parent website

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


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

The Children’s Global Media Summit 2017
4-7 December 2017
Manchester, UK

New movie reviews

Jasper Jones (M) Not suitable under 13, not recommended under 15, due to disturbing themes and scenes, and coarse language

Before I fall (M) Not recommended under 14, parental guidance recommended 14-15 due to disturbing themes and coarse language

Raising the bar (G) Parental guidance recommended under 9, due to themes, scenes of bullying, and the need to read some content.
New app reviews

Hey Duggee: The Tinsel Badge - BBC Worldwide (4+ with parental guidance) This is a Christmas tree decorating game, where children can select a character from the 'Hey Duggee' children’s show and help them to decorate a Christmas tree. Parental guidance is recommended for younger children due to related in-app purchases and online connectivity.

Tap Math, fun brain games - Nicolas Lehovetzki (4+ with parental guidance) Tap Maths is an educational game where players practise their arithmetic by choosing the right answer before the time runs out. Parental Guidance is recommended for ages under 13 due to advertising and online interactivity.

Lara Croft Go - SQUARE ENIX ltd (13+) Lara Croft Go is an adventure puzzle game in the Tomb Raider series. The goal is to move Lara Croft past obstacles and enemies while collecting treasures. Caution: infrequent mild cartoon violence, in-app purchases and online interactivity.
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