Members of the Australian children’s television industry gathered in Sydney in June 2011 for the second annual Children’s Television Classification Forum.
Hosted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA), the aim of the forum was to give program-makers research and expert views on the first of the classification criteria for children’s programs—that a children’s program ‘is made specifically for children or groups of children’.
Five experts from the fields of early childhood, education, psychology and program-making shared their thoughts on the needs and interests of children at various stages of development. The presenters included:
Warren Cann, CEO of the Parenting Research Centre
Dr Helen van Vliet, Senior Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University
Rhonda Davidson-Irwin, composer, educator and child development consultant
Joanna Werner, Producer at Werner Film Productions
Bernadette O’Mahony, Head of Development and Production for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
Topics included an overview of cognitive development, preschool programming, the interaction between primary school audiences and music, and creating ‘tween’ television.
Coordinated by the ACMA’s Content Classification Section, the forum attracted 55 participants who represented a cross-section of the industry, including program makers, broadcast licensees, child development consultants and members of industry organisations.
The forums are a result of the 2007–09 review of the Children’s Television Standards, which recommended regular meetings with industry to discuss the interpretation of classification criteria and the potential for changes to the classification process.
The inaugural forum was held in June 2010 and discussed the classification procedure for children’s programs, as well as the ACMA’s interpretation and application of each of the five classification criteria.
Following recommendations made at that forum, the ACMA subsequently made a number of amendments to its application process and requirements. Information on the application requirements for C and P classification can be found on the ACMA website.
More information on C and P programs can be found on the ACMA website.
4 August 2011