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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Study finds multi-screen users are driven to distraction...and they have no idea.
An FTC sting finds that while 13% of kids can buy an M-rated video game, 64% can buy music with a parental advisory.
A new, first-of-its-kind study finds that "six-year-olds who spent the most time watching television, using a computer or playing video games had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes --a marker of future cardiovascular risk."
This front-page New York Times story about online food marketing to kids features a "Quotation of the Day" from CCFC's Susan Linn!
In the New York Times, CCFC's Josh Golin and CCFC member Megan Keller explain why putting ads on school buses is not the answer to solving district's budget woes.
Doctors show support for Screen-Free Week and speak out on the benefits of screen-free time and space for children.
The Vancouver Sun makes a strong case for celebrating CCFC's Screen-Free Week.
The Today Show looks at CCFC's FTC complaint against Your Baby Can Read, interviewing Susan Linn and other childhood experts who agree that the product is marketed deceptively.
This Associated Press article covers CCFC's FTC complaint against 'Your Baby Can Read' for its deceptive advertising.
An article featuring Susan Linn, Jean Kilbourne, and the MEF film, "Consuming Kids" in a USA Today Article about marketing sexuality to young girls.
According to a new Sesame Workshop and Joan Ganz Cooney Center report, young kids media use is growing and shifts toward mobile platforms around age 8. TV is the top medium for younger children, but 4 of the top 5 mediums owned by kids are mobile devices.
In the CCFC blog, Michele Simon explains why she left a recent meeting in Brussels "with the impression that the food industry is engaging in the same charade all over the world: setting weak, self-serving, voluntary guidelines designed to ensure companies can keep right on marketing their unhealthy brands to children."
After a few years of slower-than-expected revenues, marketers to children are "making a comeback." Leading the way: junk food companies using children's movie tie-ins.
In the CCFC blog, Josh Golin describes how Toronto students, parents and others stood up and shot down a plan for 2 hours of video advertisements in high schools across the city.
More and more toys marketed to young girls (including the Disney Fairies and Monster High dolls) are becoming highly sexualized, disturbing many parents and advocates for children.
Violent video games are harmful to children, and many parents struggle to protect their children from their influence.
Adding to this discussion of Peggy Orenstein's new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Susan Linn explains why Disney's new targeting of newborns and their mothers in maternity wards is so troubling.
In this NPR news story on school bus advertising, CCFC's Josh Golin says, "Teaching children that things we own is what defines us and is going to make us happy is not a lesson that's good to teach kids--particularly in schools."
The Boston Globe explains why parents face challenges breaking the screen time habit many children develop during the winter months.
This Yahoo! News article covers CCFC's action urging Disney to stop branding newborns literally at birth.