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Australian children’s TV programs are now an optional extra

Since early this year, and as laid out in the federal government’s proposals in its Green Paper
Media reform green paper: modernising television regulation in Australia there has not been, nor will be, any obligations on any TV networks (free, pay or streaming) to screen programs specifically made for children. The government seemingly intends that the ABC will step up to the plate, but how can one or two free-to-air ABC channels provide the wide diversity of programs needed to meet the widely differing needs and interests of children? Children are an audience segment, not a program type. ACCM reckons that all content providers should allocate 25% of their Australian content expenditure (which should be an obligatory 20%) to quality programs specifically made for children of different age groups.  If this situation outlined above is to change,  the government needs to clearly hear your views  by May 23  content@communications.gov.au

New US report calls for action to address saturation of social media, gaming platforms, and streaming video with unhealthy food and beverage products 

The report calls for US federal and global action to check the growth of digital marketing of food and beverage products that target children and teens online. Read more about it
here

Australians’ trust in businesses to protect their data is at rock bottom

Despite a lack of trust,
Australians continue to use Facebook and Google in high numbers.

Ad Standards report 

Ad Standards delivers Australia's national system of advertising complaints adjudication, giving members of the public a voice to express  their concerns about advertising content. The report
Measuring our impact provides a review of its operations in 2020.

Forty four US Attorneys support call to 'SAY NO' to Instagram for kids

They say 'Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account'. Read more
And in Australia ABC’s Science Report takes up the story.

Revision of COPPA introduced in US Senate

The
Washington Post reported that in the US, Senators Edward J Markey (D-Mass) and Bill Cassidy (R-La),  introduced the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act, which would ban targeted advertising directed at children. It also would prohibit Internet companies from collecting data from teens between ages 13 and 15 without consent, expanding the protections that exist only for children 12 and under.

ACMA finds Qld TV stations invaded privacy

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Queensland Television (Nine Network) and Channel Seven Brisbane breached broadcast rules in reports about a violent attack on a taxi driver.
Separate investigations into
7News Gold Coast and Gold Coast Nine news reports found that the stations aired footage of the violent attack without adequately concealing the victim’s identity or obtaining their consent. They failed to adequately protect the victim’s privacy and did not exercise sufficient sensitivity when broadcasting.

US researchers find link between portrayals of gun violence and firearm deaths
 
Research has found that gun use on television doubled from 2000 to 2018, rising in parallel with the proportion of homicides from firearms in the US during the same period.

 Epic games makes billions from Fortnite

Fortnite made more than
$9 billion in revenue in its frst two years and is now engaged in court battle with the Apple Store. Epic tried to circumvent Apple’s 30 percent cut on principle by implementing its own payment system into the mobile version of Fortnite. This was a breach of the App Store policy and resulted in the game being removed. 
Australia’s ACCC has
now asked to join the court case.

Children's TV and movies on Netflix

Australian
children’s TV series and movies will stream on Netflix.  They include Spellbinder, Little lunch, Round the twist, and Paper planes.

Talking about Bluey

The Age
Good Weekend talks about Bluey.  'I consider Bluey a kind of art,' says one of Australia’s leading child development experts, University of Wollongong professor Marc de Rosnay. 'It expresses something and demands something of the viewer that 1000 developmental psychology or parenting books would struggle to do as well.'


And Bluey uses classical music as backdrop.

How educational are 'educational' apps for young children? Not very it seems

The news story
And the research

Promotion of meal premiums in child-directed TV advertising for children’s fast food meals

Of 28 unique child-directed advertisements for children’s fast-food meals in the study year; 27 advertisements were from one restaurant and accounted for nearly all (99.8%) of the total airtime for the 28 advertisements. Premiums were present in 27 of the 28 unique advertisements.

Cultural and Creative Industries of Childhood and Youth : An interdisciplinary exploration of new frontiers

A new book edited by Valérie-Inés De la Ville, Pascale Garnier and Gilles Brougère
Webinar: Safe, secure & smart tech for preschoolers

Featuring Jenny Radesky, MD and Roberta Golinkoff, PhD. 
Tuesday 8 June 8 at 7.00PM ET (4 PM PT).
Register here

Webinar: COVID-19 Unmasked survey reveals mental health impacts of COVID-19 on young children and their families 

COVID-19 Unmasked is an online study that was launched in Australia in May 2020 to advance urgent research into understanding the mental health impacts of the pandemic on young children (1-5 years) and their families. 
Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 12.30-1.30PM.
Register here

Barefoot investor gives good advice on screens too

Scott Pape
shares his experience in this article.

This Little Love of Mine (in cinemas) is a romantic, feel-good movie which, while simplistic at heart, shows us what is important in life. The movie is set in a beautiful location which generates an appreciation of nature and enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life. While there is nothing harmful in this movie for young children, it is not likely to hold much interest for them due to the nature of the movie but is best suited for teens and above, and parental guidance is recommended for children under 8.

Finding You (in cinemas) innocent, romantic film that focuses not so much on finding love as it does on finding yourself. Based on the novel, There You’ll Find Me, by Jenny B Jones, the film provides an excellent role model for girls, specifically in relation to the lead character who is resilient, responsible and kind, who displays courage in the face of defeat and is not impressed by social standing, fame or money. This is a family film for those with older children and is likely to be enjoyed by adults and teens and tweens alike.

Messenger Kids is designed for kids and has parental controls over who your child can connect with. Parents can restrict who they ‘friend’, suggest friends for them, allow links or not, monitor messages, set usage limits when it’s bedtime and are informed if their child blocks a contact. Parents are also updated with who their child has been communicating with during a given time. There are no ads or in-app purchases. The main concern is that children are connecting over the Internet and require a login to do so. Data may be collected that provides links to their identity such as location, contacts, contact info, identifiers, diagnostics and user content. For these reasons the app isn’t recommended for children under 9 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 9-12.

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

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