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Where are our kids in the Big Picture?


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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

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Apps, Film, Games, Research, Television

Are our children rich in New Zealand stories?


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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

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In the News, Television

Children’s TV crying out for a local hero


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In the NZ Herald NZCST Trustee John Harris asks why we have so few Kiwi dramas on TV for children, and so little money for production. The United States has produced and immortalised a huge number of “heroes”: Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Revere, Geronimo, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Luke Skywalker, Hannah Montana, Calamity Jane,

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Television

NZ Kids’ Drama from the Archives


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To celebrate Children’s Day, NZ on Screen has dug out some treasures from the archives! Do these bring back any memories? Terry and the Gunnrunners | Episode 1 | 1985 Strangers | Episode 1 | 1989 Sea Urchins | Episode 3 | 1983 Steel Riders | Episode 1 | 1987

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In the News, Television

Kiwi Kids’ TV More American Than US


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Kiwi kids bombarded with overseas television programmes watch more United States-made content than their American counterparts. And rather than moving away from such programmes, exposure to American children’s shows is increasing, says a visiting academic. The statistics have led to a call for a publicly funded, free-to-air children’s channel, as well as warnings of “far reaching

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