The 1st Annual Children & the Media National Conference 28 October

Digital environments are different.

The devices are portable, accessible and very persuasive.

The content grabs children’s attention, and doesn’t want to let it go.

How do we ensure that these environments support and don’t hinder children’s development? What’s the research telling us?

This conference will give educators and other children’s professionals, as well as media producers and policy makers, direct access to researchers and experts in children’s healthy development as media users.

This agenda will present a conference which:

  1. highlights the importance of children meeting their developmental milestones;
  2. captures and examines current controversies about whether the digital environment is disrupting childhood, and whether the benefits outweigh the risks?
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. emphasises that what best supports children’s optimal development is a strong and consistent relationship with their carers;
  6. puts children’s rights and needs at the heart of all discussions

There will also be stimulating reflections by Australian of the Year,  Suzanne Packer, all woven together by Kim Le, child psychiatrist and standup comedian, as compere.

The Conference is the first collaboration between ACEL and the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM), and builds on a shared recognition of how important each organisation’s work is to the other.

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Time: Main Agenda Session: 8:30am to 5pm

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Cost: (including GST) registration: $550  Combine and save with ACEL membership $550

Further information about the conference is available at:

Conference Australian Council on Children and the Media