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Children in art protocols Phase 1 consultation: Summary of responses

The Australia Council for the Arts is currently developing a set of protocols to address the depiction of children in artworks, exhibitions and publications that receive government funding. The protocols will help artists who work with children do so with proper care and responsibility. The...

Mobile phones - child safety checklist

You can now access the Internet on most mobile phones and there are certain potential risks to children posed via the Internet. These risks include accessing adult content, such as pornography and 'stranger danger' contact in chat services.You can now access the Internet on most...
Journal article

'Paternity fraud' and the invisible child

This article analyses Australian newspaper coverage of the Magill v Magill case, a landmark legal case in which a man sued his wife for 'paternity deceit.' Using results from a thematic analysis of newspaper reporting of the Magill v Magill case from 2002-06, it investigates...

Innocence defiled, again? The art of Bill Henson and the welfare of children

An exhibition of Australian artist Bill Henson's photographs, including some works depicting nude children, has provoked a debate between adults over the values that adults should hold in protecting children on one hand and in viewing art on the other. Children and young people themselves...

Interactive food and beverage marketing: targeting children and youth in the digital age

The proliferation of media in children's lives has created a new 'marketing ecosystem' that encompasses cell phones, mobile music devices, instant messaging, videogames, and virtual, three-dimensional worlds. These new marketing practices are fundamentally transforming how food and beverage companies do business with young people in...

Are computers good for children? The effects of home computers on educational outcomes

This report explores the causal relationship between computer ownership and high school graduation and other educational outcomes. Teenagers who have access to home computers are 6 to 8 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school than teenagers who do not have home computers...

Seen and heard: reclaiming the public realm with children and young people

Until now, action to improve the lives of children and young people has tended to focus on the institutional spheres of home and school. Yet quality of life also depends on the access to and quality of shared resources such as streets, parks, town centres...
Working paper

Supporting young children and their families: why we need to rethink services and policies

There is evidence that the increasing prosperity that Australia and other developed nations have experienced over the past few decades has not brought with it corresponding increases in psychosocial and health functioning. On the contrary, there is increasing evidence that these are worsening. It has...

2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

72 per cent of 2-16 year old children were of a healthy weight, but 17 per cent were overweight, 6 per cent obese and 5 per cent were underweight, according to this summary of the main findings of the survey. The results also indicate that...

Building relationships between parents and carers in early childhood

Harmony between the way that parents and early childhood professionals raise children is an important dimension of child care quality aimed at enhancing child wellbeing. This paper outlines several strategies that professionals may employ to support and strengthen parent/carer partnerships.