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.