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Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

CCFC educates the public about commercialism's impact on kids' wellbeing and advocates for the end of child-targeted marketing. Learn more...

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Why Kids Need Commercial-Free

Why is advertising harmful to children? How do marketers target kids? Why is screen-free time essential to healthy development? How can we de-commercialize holiday celebrations and school book fairs? Find resources...

Take a Stand for Children

Our voices make a difference. Visit our Action Center to learn about CCFC’s current campaigns to stop the corporate takeover of childhood and how you can get involved. Take action!

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Support CCFC

Help us stand up to the world’s most powerful companies with your tax-deductible contribution. We rely on people like you because we will not compromise our commitment to children by accepting corporate funding. Make a gift.

Recent News

We're hiring!

We're seeking a full-time Program Coordinator and a part-time Research Assistant to support our Boston office. Program CoordinatorThis role will support all of our programs, including our corporate...

Screen-Free Week 2018 was bigger and better than ever!

What a week! From San Diego to Sydney, kids families and communities unplugged for Screen-Free Week 2018. And not only did they survive, they had a blast! Here’s what we’ve heard: Kids were more...

Screen-Free, even at school!

During Screen-Free Week, children and families are encouraged to unplug from entertainment screens. But what if children unplugged during the school day as well? From February 26-March 2, the...

Victory!

Great news, and another sign that together, we CAN make childhood commercial-free! After 28 years, Channel One News is pulling the plug on its classroom “newscasts,” which delivered commercials directly into classrooms. Each year, students in Channel One schools lost a full day of instructonal time to ads. Read more about why child advocates are celebrating the end of this corporate marketing scheme.  

FB Messenger Kids

UPDATE: One month after CCFC and MomsRising sent 21,000 petition signatures asking Facebook to scrap Messenger Kids, Facebook has introduced the app in Canada and Peru. See news reports about the harms of social media use by young kids on CBC News and CTV News, and read our letter to Facebook, including comments from educators, health professionals, and parents who implore Facebook to put children’s wellbeing ahead of corporate profits.

In December, Facebook rolled out Messenger Kids, the first major social media app for children under 13. The app is likely to normalize social media use by kids as young as five. But a wealth of research links adolescent social media use to depression, poor sleep habits, and unhealthy body image – and younger children are even less equipped to deal with the interpersonal challenges and addictive power of social media.

That's why CCFC and 117 child development experts and advocates sent a letter to Facebook  urging them to scrap the Messenger Kids app. 

Sign the Petition!