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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Ad described in this article, the commercialized sexualization of girls through media and marketing has startling effects. Learn what CCFC, SPARK Summit, Hardy Girls Healthy Women and other advocacy groups are doing to make childhood better for girls.
he Childrens Advertising Review Unit, or CARU, the ad industrys self-regulatory group, finds PG-13 movies marketed to younger kids. But when they bring it to the attention of the Motion Picture Association of America, MPAA says its fine because they approved the ads.
The FTC has proposed important changes to the implementation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The proposed rules would prevent companies from tracking children online for behavioral advertising and empower parents to control how and whether their children's private information is used across digital platforms.
In a fantastic show of leadership, Philadelphias Nutter administration turns down an offer of a soda-industry sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
CCFC is mentioned in this Associate Press article the nag factor in back-to-school shopping.
Guest blogger Brandy King of Knowledge Linking describes her preschooler's first "consumer moment"...and how she responded.
On Fox and Friends, Susan Linn explains that what's even more troubling than 'Toddlers and Tiaras' is the normalization of sexualization for all little girls that deprives them of a happy, healthy childhood.
The FTC is making settlements with companies that violate COPPA and is expected to extend the rules to protect children from online data collection to mobile devices and apps, according to this USA Today article.
CCFC's Allen Kanner is quoted in this article on marketing in schools. One of the reasons he says marketing in schools is so attractive to advertisers? "Because it's a way to get around parents."
Jim Hightower on the public outcry that lead Scholastic to drastically reduce its corporate-sponsored teaching materials and why to "keep up and speak up" with CCFC!
In the CCFC Blog: Susan Linn on the sexed up 10-year-old Vogue model, lingirie for 4-year-olds, and the counter-cultural choice of opting out of commercialized gender norms.
Joel Bakan in the New York Times: "...our current failure to provide stronger protection of children in the face of corporate-caused harm reveals a sickness in our societal soul. The good news is that we can -- and should -- work as citizens, through democratic channels and institutions, to bring about change."
As Big Food tantrums about guidelines for food marketing, a new study links advertising to nagging for junk food. In the CCFC Blog, Susan Linn explains why we should all tell Big Food to grow up and stop manipulating kids.
A study finds that familiar media characters on cereal and other food packages causes nagging problems in families.
CCFC is highlighted in this USA Today article about how marketers are using new technologies to target kids, often under parents' radar.
In the CCFC Blog: Susan Linn on how marketing packaged summers for teens designed to produce stellar college essays cheats kids of the important authentic experiences.
In the CCFC Blog: Shara Drew on "The Smurfs" marketing madness and why the new generation of parents should resist nostalgia and fight for a commercial-free childhood.
AdWeek comments on the Yale Rudd Center study findings that food companies dodge their own marketing guidelines by using product placement to target kids.
Mark Bittman explains why expecting Big Food to self-regulate marketing to kids in any meaningful way is a joke. He links to Michele Simons recent post on McDonalds Happy Meals as an example of how the food industry is more interested in hindering regulation than making any real change.
Susan Linn weighs in on the controversy brewing over a new breastfeeding doll and explains the real (and overlooked) trouble with the product: like so many electronic toys, Breast Milk Baby undermines children's healthy creative play.