The New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust is part of the Tick for Kids campaign (www.tick4kids.org.nz). Tick for Kids is working to make sure children are a central focus in the lead up to the 2014 election and into the next parliament with the call, “It takes a child to raise a country!” The NZCST asks
NZ Out of the Picture in Children’s Television It is lonely representing New Zealand at a festival of international children’s television. Most other countries attending have a number of delegates; most delegates have programmes that are in competition. Bangladesh, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark and the UK were all represented to name a few.
20 February 2014 Twenty young New Zealanders will be selected to be on the jury for the television industry’s most prestigious international children’s television festival, Prix Jeunesse. They will be responsible for selecting the winner of the 12-15 Fiction/Non-Fiction category for 2014. This category includes dramas, documentaries and magazine style shows from around the world.
5 March 2014 The time has come to review the ad-free bands for preschoolers and school-aged children on free-to-air television. The recent survey revealing NZ preschoolers viewing habits from Otago University by Dr Leah Watkins is a wake up call that regulations shaped in the late 1980s do not reflect the current realities of families
5 December 2013 Children are being failed by the lack of provision for non-commercial television channels after digital switchover. Children have a right to access diverse local media. The failure to provide non-commercial spectrum is selling out children to commercial interests. Television is still an important medium for children according to international studies. “There is
It is perhaps no surprise that investing and encouraging in documentaries for kids helps to build the audience. Could it also build kids as informed and engaged citizens?
NZCST trustee Dr Ruth Zanker talks about the importance of our kids seeing themselves and their stories on screen.
Ruth Zanker moderated a session on kids` content with an interesting mix of panelists, the ABC`s soon-departing head of kids` content, Tim Brooke-Hunt; writer Briar Grace-Smith; former children`s commissioner Ian Hassall; and producer Yvonne Mackay. Zanker, Hassall and Mackay are all trustees of the New Zealand`s Childrens Screen Trust, which “seeks to enrich the lives
Children’s screen time, watching television and films, internet time and gaming, is often cast in a negative light. The American Academy of Paediatrics, for example, warns that: “Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity.” Parents limit screen time not only on the
Child’s Play – Issues in Australian Televison 2013 THREE KEY INSIGHTS 1. Children want to watch television content made specifically for them. 2. Scheduling is key to the broadcast success of a program. 3. Financing children’s content is ever more difficult. To read the full report go here