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Opening the Conversation - Smacking and the Rights of a Child

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/15/opening-the-conversation-smacking-and-the-rights-of-a-child">Opening the Conversation - Smacking and the Rights of a Child</a>

Can there ever be enough articles about The Slap, or The Smack? Channel 9 show 60 Minutes re-ignited an ongoing conversation adults are having in Australia about whether it is okay to use corporal punishment with children. And today on Channel 9 show Mornings, I was asked about smacking ...I think it is topical given that the Australian government has announced its intention to create an Australian Children’s Commissioner whose important role will include the consultation of children about their human rights and other issues affecting their wellbeing in Australia. Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... 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

I Wasn't Going to Write About This

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/07/i-wasnt-going-to-write-about-this">I Wasn&#039;t Going to Write About This</a>

Last week, a Twitter contact shared one of the most horrific videos I have seen in a long time. It was so traumatic that I couldn't watch much more than a few minutes. I didn't retweet it because the vision was so violent that I thought it required a warning. I was also unsure about its origin because the video was dated 2004 yet seemed to have just hit the internet that day. Since then, the video has gone viral. 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