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APRIL 15, 2020
Classification Review report date extended

Due to the circumstances and challenges, the
Minister for Communications, Arts and
Cyber Safety, Paul Fletcher, has agreed to
extend the Classification Review report due date from
April 30, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

Screen resources for parents and children
at home

As families bunker down at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might find these resources useful. 

The Australian Council on Children and the Media:

Enjoyable movies to watch as a family. Check out our age guide here.

Our Lockdown List provides a guide to age-appropriateness movies on Netflix and Disney+. The list is available here


The ABC has launched ABC Education to support parents and caregivers to keep their children engaged in learning while at home during the pandemic. The support comes through ABC EducationBehind the News; and ABC Kids. Link to ABC Education's Facebook page here.

News story: How is the ABC going to support students at home during the COVID-19 crisis?

Read here

Watch:special episode of Play School explains COVID-19 in a child-friendly way 

The Australian Children's TV Foundation:

Advice: The Australian Children's TV Foundation's guide to home learning, which includes a range of content and lesson ideas. Read more here 

SBS On Demand:

News story: A guide to movies fit for the whole family, now streaming on SBS On Demand. Read more here

Researcher Joanne Orlando:

News story: Forget the old screen 'time' rules during coronavirus. Here's what you could focus on instead. Read more here 

US child psychotherapist Dr Susan Linn:

Watch: Here’s a delightful video of Dr Susan Linn, US child psychotherapist and talented puppeteer, helping her little friend Audrey cope with corona virus issues. Watch here

UK CBBC Kids Newsround:

News story: spoke to four of the presenters of Newsround about their important role in reassuring children during the coronavirus pandemic. Read here

and in other news:

Postponement: The COVID-19 outbreak has caused the postponement of the Global Summit on Media for Children. The summit will instead take place from December 9 to 11 this year in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

Free research: The Society for Research in Child Development is pleased to share a cross journal virtual issue on The Science of Learning and Teaching at Home. These articles, freely available online until July 30, 2020, were selected from SRCD's scholarly journals and publications because they explore research relevant to remote learning, as children and families transition to new educational paradigms as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Read them here

ACCM has provided Know Before You Go movie reviews, and Know Before You Load app reviews, for many years.

Please help us to keep these coming; we need your support

Cohort effects associated with reduced sleep duration in adolescents 
Yoo, C, Sleep Medicine, March 2020, Volume 67, pgs 184-190
Link here

Situating the appeal of Fortnite within children's changing play cultures 
Carter, M et al; March 30, 2020
Link here

Dancing bears and talking toasters: A content analysis of supernatural elements in children's media
Goldstein, T, Alperson, K, Psychology of Popular Media, 9(2), 214-223
Link here

Fear in front of the screen: Children's fears, nightmares and thrills from TV.
Authors: Götz, Maya; Lemish, Dafna and Holler, Andrea 
Published: March 2020. 270pp
Link here

Game on! Sensible answers about video games and media violence  
Authors: Plante, C., Anderson, C. A., Allen, J. J., Groves, C. L., & Gentile, D. A.
Publisher: LLC Publishing
Published: 2020
Link here

The Convergence of Video Gaming and Gambling webinar, April 16
Authors: Dr Hilarie Cash PHD
Link here

Online privacy game for kids

Looking to keep your kids busy while teaching them some digital literacy skills? Try Data Defenders, a free interactive game that teaches kids how to manage and protect their personal information online.  The game comes with a Parent Guide, including suggestions on how to play the game, tips on discussing and actively managing privacy with your children, and links to other resources. Check it out!

Tips on healthy videogame playing. Click here  

Looking for books for children? Here’s the Australian Children's Book Council shortlist for this year:

A scene from the movie 'The Dark Crystal'

The Dark Crystal (G) (available on Netflix)

PLOT: On a fictional planet, the damaged Dark Crystal marks the onset of the age of chaos. If the crystal is not healed during the great conjunction of the three suns, the evil Skekses will rule forever.

WE SAY:  The Dark Crystal is a puppet animated, fantasy film from the Henson studio. It is best suited to families with older children. It is best suited to families with older children ages 11 plus.


The Muppet Movie (G) (available on Disney+)

PLOT: Dom DeLuise persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. He is joined by other Muppets like Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. However, Kermit must avoid the owner of a frog-leg restaurant.

WE SAY: The Muppet Movie is a classic children’s film, featuring beloved Muppet favourites including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo, and Beaker. While released in 1979 and potentially dated in some of the references and celebrity guests (e.g., Richard Pryor and Orson Welles), this film is a fun, funny, sing-along journey that children are likely to find entertaining. While not suitable for children under 5, this film is likely to appeal to families with children aged 6 and above, with parental guidance for ages 5-6 (due to some potentially frightening scenes).

For 17 years the Australian Council on Children and the Media has been helping Australian families to find the best content for their children, by providing evidence-based reviews.
The government funding for these services has been cut.
We don't want to charge for the services, because not all families can afford them - but all families need them. Please give what you can so we can keep them free.

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