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Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety

<a href="/articles/police-and-disney-join-forces-for-cybersafety">Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety</a>

Cyber safety experts from the Australian Federal Police have teamed up with Disney to create and distribute a free online safety program for primary shool children. Called Online Safety, It Starts With You, the national program focuses on good internet citizenship. Read full article

Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2014/03/04/getting-the-screen-time-balance-right-for-families">Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families</a>

Screen time is all about balance. It's more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions: Read full article

Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan

<a href="/articles/parents-asked-to-limit-tv-and-have-a-media-plan">Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan</a>

The newly released policy from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media urges parents, schools, doctors and advertisers to recognise media effects on children – both positive and negative. While the Academy remains concerned about research-based evidence about the potential for harm from media messages, it also acknowledges the positive effects from television shows like Sesame Street, which teaches children numbers and letters Read full article

How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn

<a href="/articles/how-to-protect-your-child-from-seeing-internet-porn">How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn</a>

A recent survey reported the average age when a child first sees porn online is 11 years. 11. This comes as both a surprise and a concern to parents, especially those who believe they have done all they can to monitor and protect their child's online viewing. So, how is pornography slipping through the protective net of parents? Read full article

Using Science for Video Classification, instead of Guesswork

<a href="/blogs/elizabethhandsley/2013/10/18/using-science-for-video-classification-instead-of-guesswork">Using Science for Video Classification, instead of Guesswork</a>

There is strong evidence that consumption of violent media risks influencing people’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviour. The evidence cannot ever be conclusive but in our society we take some pretty drastic measures based on less than ironclad proof ... Regulatory action to respond to the science on violent media would not simply be a matter of tightening up access on all fronts. A root and branch review of the classification categories and criteria is needed to shift the focus away from what is offensive to what is harmful based on the evidence. Read full article

Ponycorn - Five Year Old Programs a Computer Game with Dad

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2013/10/13/ponycorn-five-year-old-programs-a-computer-game-with-dad">Ponycorn - Five Year Old Programs a Computer Game with Dad</a>

Should kids learn computer programming as young as kindergarten? There is a lot of fear-mongering around kids and technology. Is it a case of fearing what we don’t know? In 2012, video game developer Ryan Henson Creighton and his daughter Cassie gave a 7 minute talk at Tedx Toronto about a game they had collaborated on, called Ponycorn, which became a worldwide sensation. Read full article

Adult Content on TV Allowed at Any Time. Your Thoughts?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/09/11/adult-content-on-tv-allowed-at-any-time-your-thoughts">Adult Content on TV Allowed at Any Time. Your Thoughts?</a>

As reported on news.com.au yesterday, the major free-to-air stations are lobbying the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to drop the time zone restrictions for broadcasters – a change that will allow adult-rated shows to be aired at any time of day or night. ACMA is considering the submission as part of its review of broadcasting regulations. Read full article

Forum on Effects of Social Media and I.T. Addiction on Mental Health

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/28/forum-on-effects-of-social-media-and-it-addiction-on-mental-health">Forum on Effects of Social Media and I.T. Addiction on Mental Health</a>

Wolper Jewish Hospital together with Friends of Wolper are proud to present a Q&A: Investigating the Effects of Social Media and IT Addiction on Mental Health. Join a panel of experts at this free event moderated by journalist, television anchor and radio broadcaster, Steve Liebmann. Read full article

Conference on Children and the Media: Media, Minds and Neuroscience

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/20/conference-on-children-and-the-media-media-minds-and-neuroscience">Conference on Children and the Media: Media, Minds and Neuroscience</a>

This conference is a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie and the Australian Council on Children and the Media. It focuses on the impact of children’s media environment on their neural development. Read full article

Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2013/08/20/not-sure-about-your-child-using-social-media-this-mum-is-okay-with-">Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.</a>

One of the favourite memories from my teenage years was coming home at 16 years old to find that my mother had arranged to have my very own phone line installed INTO MY BEDROOM. I can picture my room and the hideous beige/yellow colour of the phone taking up half my desk. (seriously what was it with the colours they used for phones in the 1980’s?), I can feel the huge rush of excitement I felt at my new found freedom and independence and now, as a mother I can almost imagine how thrilled my mother was at my excitement. Read full article