Speaker Series with Chief Censor David Shanks
David Shanks will talk about how young people are digital natives but that does not mean they are not impacted by some of the things they see online. Research from his office, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, shows that young people want guidance. They want information before they consume content and they need to be able to have conversations with trusted adults when they are upset by something. David will discuss issues young people come up against, from suicide in entertainment to porn on their phones, and what we need to do to make things better as well as provide some advice on how to start conversations with young people about difficult topics.
David Shanks is New Zealand’s Chief Censor. He was appointed to the role in May 2017 and leads the Office of Film and Literature Classification, which is an Independent Crown Entity. David is a barrister and solicitor who has had a career spanning both private and public sector senior roles. He has led the legal function for organisations such as the State Services Commission and the Ministry of Social Development, as well as served as a director for a company in the tech sector. He is now responsible for protecting New Zealanders from harm, especially harm to children and young people that can come from sex, crime, cruelty, horror and violence in media. This balances with upholding New Zealander's right to freedom of expression and recognising the diverse views of all Kiwis. As a parent, David has a passion for the job and a determination to modernise the approach to the changing world of media content.
Wednesday 9 October | 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner