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Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/01/do-children-know-that-seeking-asylum-in-australia-is-legal">Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?</a>

This is a story about reading aloud to our 11 year old. I guess it's also a story reflecting my family's history; I'm acutely aware from my Nana's stories, of the terror of escaping from a country in which you are persecuted. And it's a story about helping children digest media...Last week, I was reading this beautifully illustrated book to our Mr 11 Read full article

Violent Toys for Kids - Surely There are Boundaries?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/02/12/violent-toys-for-kids-surely-there-are-boundaries">Violent Toys for Kids - Surely There are Boundaries?</a>

This was one of those segments where I was genuinely shocked - a toy maker selling a toy for a young child to "play" at robbing a bank. MSN reports "The toy features a bank manager, armed shooter, gold bars and a cash machine. In case kids can’t envision how to use the pieces, photos accompanying the set show the robber pointing a gun at the manager and forcing a blonde woman to empty the machine. Way to get those young, creative minds flowing." Read full article

The Impact of Media - Yes, Somebody Should Think of the Children

<a href="/blogs/elizabethhandsley/2011/11/18/the-impact-of-media-yes-somebody-should-think-of-the-children">The Impact of Media - Yes, Somebody Should Think of the Children</a>

This morning I had an article about media content classification published on a website.* The article discusses some proposed deregulatory changes to the Australian classification system and points out that these do not appear to serve the review’s guiding principle that "children should be protected from material that is likely to harm or disturb them." The first comment out of the blocks was: "Somebody think of the children!" Read full article

Would this Australian Classification System for Media Protect Your Children?

<a href="/articles/would-this-australian-classification-system-for-media-protect-your-children">Would this Australian Classification System for Media Protect Your Children?</a>

Industry is looking like emerging the winner from a review into Australia's classification system for media including films. A recent set of proposals on the classification system for media content is disturbingly industry friendly and contains little to help children and parents ... The proposals show an extraordinary tendency to push regulation into the hands of industry. Read full article

Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/07/15/want-less-freedom-for-children-and-parents">Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents</a>

I went to the supermarket the other week with two kids in tow. Mostly I try to do the grocery shopping by myself. Not just because I don’t want to manage toilet breaks, hunger pangs and trolley rage – yes, that’s the kids I’m talking about, not me – but because I really quite enjoy supermarkets. I get a kick out of doing per-gram price comparisons, and speculating whether the tin with the redder tomatoes on the label is really likely to deliver the goods. Tragic, I know. Read full article

Call me a Prude? But I Feel Enraged, Perplexed and Powerless.

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/07/08/call-me-a-prude-but-i-feel-enraged-perplexed-and-powerless">Call me a Prude? But I Feel Enraged, Perplexed and Powerless.</a>

I recently took my children to a film at a mainstream cinema complex. And while the content of the film made us laugh and even warmed the heart a little, the walk through the lobby left me feeling enraged, perplexed and powerless. Call me a prude, but I don’t think that my children need to be assaulted by R-rated imagery, including equipment, on their way to a G-rated film. That imagery was not of a s*xual nature, and if it had been it would never have been allowed within the sight line of a group of children under the age of twelve, or even eighteen. Instead, the imagery was uncensored unadulterated violence. Read full article

Madison the Makeup Guru is 5 years Old

I thought this segment on The Morning Show was going to be mostly about adultification of children - five year old Madison has over a million views on YouTube for her many videos of her applying makeup and reviewing it - in a five year old kind of way: "I really love it". But in the end I thought it was about something innocent that ended up with a child becoming a PR vehicle for adult makeup products - what do you think? Read full article