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Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

CCFC works for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom for parents to raise them—without being undermined by commercial interests. We advocate for policies to protect children from harmful marketing and promote commercial-free time and space for kids. 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

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...

Zuckerberg asked about CCFC’s Messenger Kids campaign at Senate hearing

On April 10, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a hearing before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.  Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois asked him a series of questions related...

Avoid Kids' Alexa

Child development and privacy advocates are urging parents not to buy the new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition with Alexa voice technology. CCFC, the Center for Digital Democracy, and leading experts say Echo Dot Kids and its companion FreeTime platform pose significant threats to children’s wellbeing and privacy.  Read more

FB Messenger Kids

UPDATE: Read the new CCFC statement on Facebook ignoring the concerns of experts and expanding its kids’ app to Android.

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. 

Now we need your help.

Sign the Petition!