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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

Media Violence and a Child's Developing Brain

<a href="/articles/media-violence-and-a-childs-developing-brain">Media Violence and a Child&#039;s Developing Brain</a>

Speaking at the Australian Council for Children and the Media’s conference last week, Dr Wayne Warburton, Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre, summarised research demonstrating how violent media has an impact on the brain of a developing child. Imaging studies show emotional desensitisation and real changes in the brain associated with the ability to inhibit aggressive responses. 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

Violence in Video Games - What Parents Need to Know

<a href="/articles/violence-in-video-games-what-parents-need-to-know">Violence in Video Games - What Parents Need to Know</a>

Although strongly challenged by well-credentialed researchers of the opposing view, a considerable body of research supports the view that children’s and adults’ exposure to violent media, including violent video games, increases the risk of verbal and physical aggression. And a 2012 Report of the Media Violence Commission, highlights the need for parents to be thoughtful about their children’s exposure to violent media. This article includes the risks to children, parenting ideas to minimise harm, and coverage of the contrary view, that the risk of exposure to violent media may be overstated. Read full article