The 1st Annual
Children and the Media National Conference


Date: 28th October 2019

Main Agenda Session : 8.30am – 4.30pm
Parents Evening Session : 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn St
Sydney NSW 2000
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.

Cost: (including GST)
Registration: $550
[Includes Optional Parents Session]
Parents Session Registration: $175
Combine and save with ACEL Membership: $550

The promises and potential for benefits from technology in children’s lives are well promoted but the risks to their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development are not well recognised by those who need to know and act to ensure a healthy media environment for children, especially the young. The Australian Council on Children’s Media [ACCM] and The Australian Council of Educational Leaders [ACEL] with the first Annual Children the Media National Conference combine to co-present a new 1 day national conference that brings these conversations, issues and research to the forefront of discussion across leaders, professionals, producers and policy makers.

This agenda will present a conference which:

  1. highlights the importance of children meeting their developmental milestones;
  2. emphasises that what best supports children’s optimal development is a strong and consistent relationship with their carers;
  3. captures and examines current controversies about whether the digital environment is disrupting childhood, and whether the benefits outweigh the risks?
  4. bridges the gap between the considerable and useful body of research on children’s relationships with screens, and the audiences who need to have the information and would benefit from it – children’s professionals in health, education and welfare, parents, producers of children’s media, technology companies, policy-makers and government decision-makers;
  5. provides quality presentations by well-established and respected researchers, academics and professionals that encourage and provoke decision-makers and producers to understand the ways in which media use can interfere with the attainment by children of their developmental milestones.  
  6. puts children’s rights and needs at the heart of all discussions


Additional Afternoon Session Specifically Curated for Parents

An additional late afternoon session [covered as part your full day registration] will be open for parents and address findings and research targeted for easy takeaways, conversation and implementation.


ACCM: The Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Australian Council on Children and the Media supports families, industry and decision makers in building and maintaining an enjoyable media environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children. Committed to promoting better choices and providing stronger voices in children's media.

The Australian Council on Children and the Media is a unique national community organisation whose members share a strong commitment to the promotion of the healthy development of Australian children. Their particular interest and expertise is in the role that media experiences play in that development.

The Australian Council on Children and the Media is structured as a not for profit company limited by guarantee with a national Board representative of major child focussed organisations in Australia.

ACCM is recognised as the peak body for children’s rights to live in a media environment that supports their healthy development, expands their horizons and provides them with pleasure.