Campaign For A Commercial Free Childhood

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Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and concerned parents who counter the harmful effects of marketing to children through action, advocacy, education, research, and collaboration. We support the rights of children to grow up and the rights of parents to raise them without being undermined by rampant commercialism. CCFC is headquartered at the NonProfit Center in Boston.
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Cometh the Penguin (to a box store near you)

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Walt Disney Co. has licensed a toy line based on its popular virtual world for kids -- just in time for the holidays.

Kiwibox, Burst Media Launch Teen Network

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Teen social network Kiwibox and ad network Burst Media have banded together to launch the Kiwibox Teen Network, an online ad network designed for interactive marketers who want to reach teens.

Kids Turn Chick-fil-A Premiums into a Space Station

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for the first time to create four different Kid’s Meal premiums, that when put together create a space station.

Activist Group Urges Toy Makers To Address Parents

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Even as retailers and manufacturers start their holiday promotions early--because of a late Thanksgiving and continued economic worries--to try to shore up holiday sales, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is urging some temperance when it comes to advertising.

Sexy Halloween Costumes . . . For Little Girls?

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Titillating outfits marketed to kids are a reflection of an increasingly sexualized childhood, says author and professor Diane Levin. For little boys, it's the macho look. What's a parent to do?

Tinker Bell Appears In 'Pixie Hollow' In Act Of Marketing Magic

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Tinker Bell, the cute fairy who has long played second fiddle to Peter Pan, makes her grand entrance in The Walt Disney Co.'s virtual world of Pixie Hollow on Friday.

Junk Food Advertisement Bans

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
The Australian Food and Grocery Council will today announce a code to ensure that its members advertise only healthy food when the target audience is mainly children aged under 12.

Study: Coke Is Most Talked About Brand in America

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
According to a new study released by the Keller Fay Group, Coca-Cola is currently the most talked about brand in America.

American Eagle 'Down-Sizing' Into Kidswear

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
A core team of 22 people at American Eagle Outfitters Inc. found that out as they spent a year studying the children's clothing market.

Kids Growing Up Too Fast, Author Says

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
“Seven-year-olds are calling each other sluts and they don’t know what it means, and this is rural New Hampshire,” said Diane Levin, a professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, author, and frequent guest on national television programs about children’s issues.

NeoEdge Networks Introduces Way to Splice Ads Into The Middle of the Action

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Most casual game ads are predictable. They run a 30-second video in between levels in a game, or roll the video after you’ve finished. But NeoEdge Networks has introduced a way to make those the placement of ads much more flexible — and possibly quite annoying to gamers.

WWE Launches Kids Site

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
New website,, part of larger strategy to reach younger viewers.

Kids' Cereals Saltier, Report Says

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Cereal makers that reduce the amount of sugar in kids' cereals tend to ratchet up the salt content to improve flavor, says a report expected to be released Tuesday by Consumers International.

Adelstein Calls For Action To Ban Kid-Targeting Interactive Ads

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
FCC commissioner wants FCC to act on 2004 proposal "before interactive advertising becomes an established business model."

Nokia's Touch Phone Makes Appearance In Britney Spears Video

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 16:00
Nokia recently announced its first touch-screen mobile phone, the 5800 XpressMusic. Nokia convinced Britney Spears to include the phone in her most recent music video, placing the 5800 squarely in front of the eyes of its target market.

'Worst Toy of the Year' Deserves the Title

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 16:00
The Miami Herald explains why CCFC's 2010 TOADY Award winner, Nickelodeon's, deserves the worst toy crown.

Angering the Mouse: Did a Pioneering Children's Advocacy Group Pay the Price for Taking on Disney?

Wed, 03/17/2010 - 18:15
The Valley Advocate writes about CCFC's expulsion from the Judge Baker Children's Center after taking action against Disney.

Once Skeptics, Brands Drink the Facebook Kool-Aid

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 21:15
Advertising giants like Coca-Cola, Unilever and Proctor and Gamble shift marketing focus to their Facebook pages, where they aim to build "more-permanent relationships with consumers."

Neural Advertising: The Sounds We Can't Resist

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 21:15
Neuromarketing, which aims to bypass reason and drive cultural messages into consumers' nervous systems, is about to make tuning out advertisements a whole lot harder.

Cameron to Tackle Sexualisation of Children in Advertising

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 21:15
UK Tory leader promises to crack down on advertisers who exploit children in a sexual way as part of their marketing campaigns.