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APRIL 24, 2020

Minister suspends Australian and
children’s content obligations 

Paul Fletcher, the government’s communications minister, announced “emergency red tape reduction measures” on April 15 as COVID-19 had “effectively halted production of Australian screen content". See media release here

The Seven Network was exceedingly quick to respond, axing its C (children's) and P (preschoolers) quota programs from its April 20 schedule on digital channels 7TWO between 7am and 8:30am on weekdays.

Instead of these programs, the network’s replaced them with years-old episodes of axed Australian television shows including Auction Squad, Harry’s Practice and Million $ Minute. See The Sydney Morning Herald story here

Also on April 15, Min. Fletcher announced the government was “accelerating its work to determine the future extent of Australian content obligations on free-to-air television broadcasters, and whether these should apply to streaming services.This work is critical to the future of the culturally and economically important Australian film and television production sector”. Public submissions on this issue are called by June 12, 2020. Click on the link here to have YOUR say



Bluey season two is a warm hug 

Anthony Morris | screen hub | March 19, 2020

The animated tale of a blue heeler pup and her family is pure fun, says Morris. No wonder it’s ABC iview’s most watched show of all time.

Link here

Which streaming services have the best content 

Graeme Bruce | YouGov | April 16, 2020

Bruce, of the British market research firm YouGov, examines which streaming services provide the best educational children’s programming.

Link here


New research: Australian educators’ perspectives on children, digital technology, health and learning  

Staff writers | medianet | April 16, 2020

The Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney has released the first in a series of Growing Up Digital Australia reports, with initial reports painting a worrying picture of changed learning conditions in Australian schools.

News story here

Read author, Pasi Sahlberg’s account here 



Turn on the subtitles | 2020

A new website has launched encouraging parents to switch on subtitles while watching their favourite programs to help improve their children’s literacy. Turn On The Subtitles (TOTS) website says it is run by a “group of people who think this is an idea whose time has come”.

Link here



Coles’ Stikeez collectables labelled ‘gambling for children’ in Ad Standards complaint

Zoe Wilkinson | mumbrella | April 21, 2020

Mumbrella reports the industry watchdog has compared supermarket giant Coles’ collectable rubber vegetables known as ‘Stikeez’ to gambling for children with the “intent on using the children as psychological pressure on parents to buy products they don’t need”.

Link here



Loot box warnings to be added to video games

Staff writers | BBC Technology | April 14, 2020

Video game ratings in the UK and the rest of Europe will now warn if a game has loot boxes and other random paid-for items.

Link here


South Australian Commission for Children and Young People report

Helen Connolly | CCYP | April 2020

SA CCYP Helen Connolly publishes a report claiming “Just as with traditional sporting activities, competition gaming has a role for competitors, organisers, promoters, communicators and audiences. And like other community clubs, at their core is community spirit, having fun, improving skill development and achieving recognition".

Link 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.

Early Media Exposure And Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, JAMA Pediatr, April 2020
Link here

Children as vulnerable consumers in online environments
Kennedy, AM; Jones, K; Williams, J,Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2019, VL 53 (4) 1478-1506
Link here

Time on screens has little impact on kids' social skills, study suggests 
Ohio State University, April 13, 2020
Link here
A three-point plan for sleepless, screen-obsessed kids: play, play and more play
Authors: Pasi Sahlberg 
Published: November 2019
Link here

The first generation of 'digi kids' are struggling with literacy as experts warn against screen time
: Gonski Institute
Publisher: UNSW Sydney
Published: November 2019
Link here

Find high-quality apps for kids on Google Play
Authors: Mindy Brooks, UX Director 
Publisher: Google Play
Published: April 2020
Link here

Screen Time Is Replacing Playtime - and That's Changing Kids' Brains
Authors: Alex Orlando 
Publisher: Discover Magazine
Published: April 2020
Link here


A scene from the movie James and the Giant Peach, which is available on Disney+

James and the Giant Peach (PG) (available on Disney+)

PLOT: A troubled British orphan escapes his cruel aunts by sailing off on a giant peach. While en route, he befriends six unlikely critter friends.

WE SAY:  James and the Giant Peach is a wonderful story, incorporating both animated and live-action aspects. The adventure twists its way through adverse situations in the air, land, and sea, however, these adverse situations are followed by lighter moments of friendship and care for one another. This movie is most suitable for tween audiences (10 plus) due to scenes that are likely to scare or disturb a younger audience.

Chores! Spring into cleaning - Lion Studios 

SHORT TAKES: This app is a home cleaning for pocket money game. Most kids will be able to navigate this game quickly. Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 12 (saturated advertising and social media connectivity)

Link here

Talking Tom Gold Run - Outfit7 Limited

SHORT TAKES: This game is a continuous runner game. Good reaction time skills required. Not suitable 8 and under; parental guidance 9-12 due to advertising, in-app purchasing and gambling-like elements.

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.
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