Media Awareness

How Social Media Can Bring Parents and Teens Closer

Laughing with laptopby the Editor     Parents may not be as savvy with social media as their teenage children, but new research shows they shouldn’t shy away from sending their teen a friend request on Facebook or engaging them on Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms. more »

Three Real-Life Benefits for Kids that Use Social Media

Kids on grass with tabletby Jessica McGarrity     Thanks to the continual advancement of modern technology, the world is a much different place than it was even a single generation ago. Socialization for children of past generations was limited to the contact found face-to-face or through letters or telephone calls. However, thanks to the Internet and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the face of social interaction has changed drastically. more »

9 Tips for Modelling Healthy Media Habits in Your Kids

Family Watching TVby Dr. Wayne Warburton It is almost impossible to stop children accessing media, so it is important for parents to help children become healthy consumers of media. Children understand that smoking is harmful to your health, that chocolate is a sometimes food but that vegetables are everyday foods, and many other facts that they internalise as they learn to self-regulate their behaviour. more »

How Kids Can Learn From Current Events

Dad Daughter Newsby Dr. Wayne Warburton Whether we like it or not, our children are going to engage with the wider world more and more as they grow older. Having a wider knowledge of how the world works (in both positive and negative ways) provides them with a wider framework in which to understand events in their own lives and events as they occur to others. more »

Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM - incorporating Young Media Australia) supports families, industry and decision makers in building and maintaining a media environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children. more »

DVDs for Kids and Families

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DVDs for Kids and Families


A great selection of family favourites, classic re-releases (pictured is 'The Fox and The Hound' 30th Anniversay Edition), adventure documentaries, kids' TV series, comedies, fairy tales, and new releases. Delivery to your doorstep at competitive prices. more »

The Internet Movie Database - Parent Advisory

This useful database is a comprehensive listing of movies categorised into genres, including family.  Each movie information page includes photos, cast information, rating, reviews, and other details, as well as a very useful parents guide. more »

Today's Superheroes Send Wrong Image to Boys

August 2010     Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, according to psychologists who spoke at the  Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. more »

Book: Does My Bum Look Big in This Ad?

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Author: Lisa Cox 


Ever wondered why you don't look like the people in magazine ads?  There's heaps of books about how popular culture (like advertising) affects the way you feel about yourself. Unfortunately, they're mostly written about young people until now! This handy little book is written for young people. more »

Your Kids, Pop Culture and Body Image

Media Mazeby Lisa Cox     You wouldn’t want your young child entering a foreign country without a simple map or guidebook to help them find their way around, would you?  Yet every day, children enter the foreign world of popular culture. Their young minds are bombarded with a confusing concoction of mixed, manipulating messages when they watch television, read a magazine, see a billboard, go online. more »

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