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FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Last days to have your say


The closing date for submissions to the federal government’s review of the classification system for films and games is tomorrow (Wed, February 19).
 
So if you’ve ever wanted to say what you think about the G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+ classification categories, and how useful, or not, they are to you as a parent in guiding your children’s choices of age-appropriate films, games and apps, now’s the time.

The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology has called for gambling to be included as an element in the National Classification system. 

ACCM will lodge its submission shortly.
 

Government information here
ACCM's perspective 
here

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Australia second only to Spain when it comes to child safety online, index reveals

THE SECTOR; FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Freya Lucas |  Australia has been ranked as the world’s second safest country for child online safety in the first-ever global Child Online Safety Index (COSI), conducted by international think-tank, the DQ Institute. DQ used survey data from 145,426 children and adolescents in 30 countries over the last three years to determine the rankings, in which Australia came second only to Spain. The final rankings are based on six measures including education and exposure to cyber risks. 
Link here


The government should actually understand the internet if it’s going to protect kids from online harms 

THE INDEPENDENT; FEBRUARY 16, 2020
Amy Orben | This approach to safer internet use for children is as misguided as 1960s fears about TV. We have to shape policy around the lives and perspectives of young people, writes Amy Orben.
Link here
 

EU Kids Online 2020 finds more risk to children online, but not always more harm 

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS;  FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Sonia Livingstone | Most European children use a smartphones ‘daily’ or ‘almost all the time,’ and devices are changing too, as the EU Kids Online report documents. For example, in most countries less than half of children aged 9-16 access the internet through a desktop computer or notebook, 3-13% (depending on the country) connect though a wearable device, and 1-18% via a connected toy.
Link here


Can we realise children's rights in a digital world? A provocation paper 

MEDIUM;  JANUARY 29, 2020
Sonia Livingstone | Thirty years ago the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) cast a global spotlight on what societies should do to make rights a reality for all children. The Convention sets out how human rights (to life and liberty, identity, freedom of expression and assembly, protection, non-discrimination, privacy, education and more) apply to children. It also emphasises specific child rights — to develop to their fullest potential, to play, to support according to their evolving capacity and best interests and to be heard by decision-makers in matters that affect them.
Link here
 

Sixty per cent of children choose what to watch when co-viewing 

KIDSCREEN;  FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Ryan Tuchow | Kids and parents have a closer relationship than they did in the past, with 84% of parents heavily involved in their children's screen time, a new ViacomCBS study finds.
Link here
 

Hard-hitting Nature Valley Ad Shows The Disturbing Side Of Kids Addicted To Technology 

KIDSCREEN;  FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Staff writers | Nature Valley Canada recently sat down three generations of families and asked them one simple question, “What did you like to do for fun as a kid?” Take a moment to see how they responded, then grab your kids and go rediscover the joy of nature.
Link here


Ultra Tune's latest ad, starring Pamela Anderson, is the epitome of misguided marketing 

MUMBRELLA;  FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Anne Miles | Ultra Tune's latest campaign is bad creative, and bad for women, argues Anne Miles. But it's also a reflection on the agencies involved, Ad Standards, and Free TV - and they need to be more accountable.
Link here
 

Industry watchdog clears KFC ad targeted by Collective Shout 

MUMBRELLA;  FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Zoe Wilkinson | Collective Shout campaigns against the sexualisation of young girls and women and said the ad relied on the “boys will be boys” trope and perpetuated sexist gender stereotypes. The ad depicts a young woman adjusting her appearance, including her breasts, relying on her reflection in a car window. She is unaware young boys are ogling her from within the car until they wind down the window.
Link here


Food giant to stop advertising ice cream to children 

BBC NEWS;  FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Staff writers | Food giant Unilever has vowed to stop marketing its products to children in order to tackle rising obesity rates.The firm, which owns brands such as Twister ice cream and Popsicle ice lollies, said it would limit the use of cartoon characters in its advertising. It also promised to stop using social media stars or celebrities "who primarily appeal" to children under 12.
Link here
 

Chile's drastic anti-obesity measures cut sugary drink sales by 23 per cent 

THE GUARDIAN;  FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Sarah Boseley | The world’s toughest controls over the promotion of sugary drinks, brought in by a nation beset by obesity, have cut purchases by nearly a quarter in two years, research has shown.Instead of a sugar tax, which the UK and other countries have chosen to impose, Chile has banned sales in schools and adopted stark black and white labels aimed at warning and educating families about the health dangers of junk food and drinks for their children.
Link here


Juul Bought Ads On Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, And Other Kids Websites, A New Lawsuit Claims

BUZZFEED NEWS;  FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Dan Vergano and Stephanie M. Lee | Internal documents obtained by the Massachusetts attorney general as part of a new lawsuit are the clearest indication yet that the e-cigarette giant aimed its early advertising at young people who've never smoked.
Link here


Canadian review of evidence finds excessive smartphone, social media use may be linked to youth mental health

EUREKALERT;  FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Staff writers | A new article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) reviews evidence that suggests an association between excessive smartphone and social media use and mental distress and suicidality among adolescents. The authors say this should be among the factors considered by clinicians and researchers who work in the field of youth mental health.
Link here
 

CBeebies is what makes parenting possible - I'd pay triple the licence fee to save it 

THE GUARDIAN;  FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Stuart Heritage | The BBC channel is a lifeline to parents of small children. Getting rid of it, as the corporation’s chairman has suggested, is unthinkable.
Link here


How to turn kids into critical consumers of the news and media 

BRISBANE TIMES;  FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Peter Wells | Independent daily news podcast The Squiz has added a third show to its roster. After launching the first Australian daily news podcast in 2018, the team added a weekly explainer show that would explore one topic in the news, Squiz Shortcuts. Now, they’re kicking off 2020 with a daily news podcast aimed at children, Squiz Kids.
Link here
Association of Parental and Contextual Stressors With Child Screen Exposure and Child Screen Exposure Combined With Feeding
Abstract here

Differences in associations between problematic video-gaming, video-gaming duration, and weapon-related and physically violent behaviors in adolescents 
Abstract here
Social Media Use, Sleep and Obesity in Children
Author: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Published: February 2020
Link here

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood  has a kit for those concerned about tech use in their local schools  
Author: Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood Published: February 2020
Link here
A scene from Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)


Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) (MA15+)


PLOT: It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women -- Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.

WE SAY:  This, extremely violent tale, is not a family film and is best suited to older, more mature audiences.
 

 

Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)


PLOT: Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend -- a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination.

WE SAY: Frequent action violence and some reckless behaviour warrants this animated movie unsuitable for children under 6 with parental guidance recommended to 8.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Screen Smart Kids workshop

BUILDING SKILLS IN THE MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT OF SCREEN ADDICTION IN CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS  ​

WORKSHOP 19 March 2020 NSW PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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2020 Global Summit on Media for Children

The World Summit on Media for Children in Indonesia this year is a return of this major global event to the Asia-Pacific region.

DATES July 6 to 8, 2020

VENUE Pullman Jakarta Central Park 

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