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MARCH 24, 2020

Children, COVID-19 closures and screen time

Let's not allow Coronavirus school closures to worsen our kids' screen addiction

Toni Hassan | The Canberra Times 
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Kids at home because of Coronavirus? Here are four ways to keep them happy (without resorting to Netflix)

Erin Mackenzie, Penny Van Bergen | The Conversation 

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As families bunker down at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might find it handy to have a guide to age appropriate movies for children.
Many thousands of titles are now at your fingertips, but which will be enjoyable, and not harmful?

ACCM has refreshed our guide to what is available on Disney+, Netflix and home video to help you weather this latest health crisis.
We’ve utilised our database of Know Before You Go reviews developed over the past 17 years. These show age suitability through our traditional red, yellow, green signals.
Where there is no ACCM review, we have provided the Australian Classification and / or information from The Netherlands’ child-development based Kijkwijzer system.
This guide is a “work in progress”, so do check back for more reviews and updated information over these coming weeks.

See the list 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


Five joyful video games to put your mind at ease 
LancasterOnline; March 16, 2020
KEVIN STAIRIKER | Video games have long been a cherished way to idle the time away when you have to be inside. However, not everyone wants a violent, high-stakes virtual mission. Here are a few of the video game equivalents to taking a deep breath and counting to ten. 
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OAIC launches Federal Court action against Facebook  
Lexology; March 12, 2020
SONIA SHARMA and HARRIET ROYLE | The Australian Information Commissioner yesterday initiated proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law. 
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Australia is 'falling behind' on protecting children's online privacy  
Which50; March 16, 2020
JOSEPH BROOKES | Children in Australia are being pervasively tracked when they go online without proper regard for their privacy or the risks of collecting their data, according to technology and privacy experts. 
Link here

Senate Democrats introduce legislation to ban certain app features and types of advertising aimed at children online  
Lexology; March 16, 2020
STAFF WRITERS | Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Kids Internet Design and Safety (KIDS) Act to the US Senate.
Link here

When brands ask mums to share about their kids   
LSE; March 4, 2020
ALEXA K. FOX and MARIEA GRUBBS HOY | With smart phones at the ready, today’s parents can instantly gain parenting advice and support from a large audience using social media. To do so, however, many parents engage in “sharenting,” or regularly use social media to share information about one’s child.
Link here

Restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky 
The Conversation; March 10, 2020
PAUL HASKELL-DOWNLAND | Australia should work towards adopting a mandatory age-verification system for gambling and pornography websites, according to a recommendation from the federal parliamentary cross-party committee on social and legal issues.
Link here

Three things the government must do to save Australian content  
ScreenHub; March 12, 2020
THE CONVERSATION | Streaming services are on the rise, and the government must take action or risk losing local broadcasters.
Link here

Sugar & Spice: Do junk food images on children's clothing influence lifelong eating habits?  
StudyFinds; March 12, 2020
TERRA MARQUETTE | Images of pink and purple donuts, frosted cupcakes and ice cream cones delivered with cute sayings about being “sweet” dance before the eyes of other children on the fronts of T-shirts and sweaters. It’s fairly common to see our favorite junk foods splashed across everything from pillows to sleeping bags to pajamas. Sweet dreams indeed. But now, a University of Michigan study is raising the alarm about a preponderance of unhealthy food messages on children’s clothing. Researchers are warning against in-your-face junk-food advertising on chest-height billboards that is especially targeted towards girls.
News story here
Research here

Marketing, nutrition labels may lead kids to overeat sugary cereal  
KFGO; March 13, 2020
Carolyn Crist | Parents may allow kids to eat too much sugary breakfast cereal because the suggested serving size is smaller than they realize, according to a new study.
Link here
Are caregivers concerned about media violence? A survey of U.S. parents’ beliefs about specific media violence effects
Link here

Mirror, mirror on the wall: The effect of listening to body positive music on implicit and explicit body esteem 
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“My smartphone is an extension of myself”: A holistic qualitative exploration of the impact of using a smartphone.
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Sesame Street's guide to caring for each other 
Published: March 2020
Link here

New book: You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why it Matters
Authors: Kate Murphy
Publication: Penguin Books
Published: January 7, 2020
Link here

Resources for Parents of Teens about protection from pornography 
Authors: eChildhood 
Published: March 2020
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COVID-19: an online safety kit for parents and carers 
Authors: esafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant  
Published: March 18, 2020
Link here
A scene from the movie 'Onward'

Onward (PG)

PLOT: Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

WE SAY:  The plot is fast paced and there are lots of positive messages about believing in yourself, overcoming obstacles and navigating tumultuous relationships in a positive way that make this an ideal film for families with children 8 and over. Parental guidance is recommended for children aged 5 to 8 due to themes, violence and suspenseful scenes of peril.


Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (PG)

PLOT: One of the most accomplished athletes of her generation, Bethany Hamilton, became a surfing wunderkind when she returned to the sport following a devastating shark attack at age 13. As she continues to chase waves, she also now tackles motherhood

WE SAY: Likely to appeal to surfing enthusiasts, this film is suitable for children over 13, with parental guidance recommended for ages 8 to 13 due to distressing themes related to the shark-attack.

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