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Behind the Screens
September means a change of season, and a fresh look at te reo through the activities that make up Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. We highlight five must-see Māori movies during the month to inspire our Reo Māori and said haere rā to one of our much-loved colleagues.
Barbie and Oppenheimer blew up our website as audiences sought guidance about how age-appropriate the two biggest films of the year are and we highlight Netsafe's sex*tor*tion education campaign.
Our team uses their expertise and insights to prepare a submission for the Safer Online Services and Media Platforms review and a few of our staff members have been at various talks to showcase the important mahi our Office does to help protect New Zealanders.
The power and the potential of Artificial Intelligence is front of mind for our team, we release our latest research report, and public consultation opens for the reform of key regulations that will impact media platforms operating in New Zealand.
Microsoft launched the Xbox Gaming Safety Toolkit in Aotearoa and Australia for whānau and gamers! Our research on pornography was discussed with students, and our Chief Censor celebrated New Zealand Sign Language Week 2023 by trying #GiveItAGo!
We spotlight the childhood experience of watching movies at sleepovers that may not be age-appropriate, and how parental controls can help keep our whānau safe. We've also launched a Requests for Proposals for our upcoming research project on body image in partnership with Netsafe.
We share out thoughts on this year's Academy Awards and our excitement for the long-awaited return of Censor for A Day.
Our first newsletter of 2023 dives into a variety of topics: nudity on screen, explaining to tamariki why there are rules around what they can watch, ratings for new release films and series, how we can help libraries, and more.