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Madagascar-3 Claritin Box

Tell the FTC: Stop Merck from Pushing Drugs on Kids

Kids shouldn’t be targets for pharmaceutical sales pitches. That’s why we’re urging you to tell the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Merck & Co. Inc.’s Madagascar 3-themed Children’s Claritin® marketing. Packaging for Merck’s Grape-Flavored Chewable Children’s Claritin® allergy medication features characters from Dreamwork’s new Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted movie, and each box offers “5 free stickers” to purchasers. Retail outlets are promoting mail-in movie... Read more...

Nagging Nine: 2011 Toys Most Advertised to Children

Tired of companies that make an end run around parents and target children directly?  Then put your money where your values are this holiday season!  Let's stop rewarding companies that target children.  Methodology: CCFC reviewed all commercials airing between 6AM and 8PM from November 21-27, 2011 on 5 children's networks (Nickelodeon, NickToons, Disney XD, Cartoon Network, and the Hub).  There were more than 11,500 total advertisements, of which, 9,000 were for toys and... Read more...
A 3GTV in front of a display of Kraft Mac n' Cheese

Tell Food Lion to Pull the Plug on 3GTv

"Having TV screens all over the grocery stores undermines my parenting!  You simply cannot avoid the presence of television!  Not only are they getting to play their ads for our kids, but they are sending the message that it is normal to stare at a screen all day...in the car, at the store, in school... It's truly sickening."  - CCFC member Samantha Penrose, mother of three, Urbana, IL "TV as it was meant to be! (You know, for advertising!)" - 3GTv's trademarked slogan This... Read more...

We Did It: Scholastic Expels the Bratz from Schools

Thanks to CCFC members, Scholastic, Inc. will no longer be promoting the highly sexualized Bratz brand in schools.  In April, 2007, we launched a letter-writing campaign urging Scholastic to stop promoting Bratz items at their book clubs and book fairs. You flooded Scholastic with emails urging them to stop selling books such as Lil' Bratz Dancin Divas; Lil' Bratz Catwalk Cuties; and Lil' Bratz Beauty Sleepover Bash. We were disappointed in Scholastic's initial response. They... Read more...

Tell Disney: Stop Branding Newborns in Hospitals

Disney is taking cradle-to-grave marketing to a new low, branding babies literally at birth. The company has hired Our365–a newborn photography service/marketing firm–to promote its new Disney Baby line in maternity hospitals around the country. Moms who request a newborn portrait during their hospital stay are pitched Disney Baby by their photographer, given a branded onesie, and encouraged to sign up for email alerts from DisneyBaby.com.  Tell Disney:  Leave Newborns -- and their... Read more...

Send the FCC's BusRadio Report to Your School Board

  In a report requested by CCFC and delivered to Congress this week, the Federal Communications Commission strongly criticized BusRadio, the company that hopes to make its student-targeted radio broadcasts compulsory listening for children around the country.   The report should be required reading for any school district considering a contract with BusRadio.  Please take a moment to send a copy to your local school board.   Find the contact information for your board of education (almost... Read more...

Tell the FCC: No BusRadio

At CCFC’s request, the Federal Communications Commission will be reporting to Congress whether specially designed commercial radio broadcasts for school buses such as BusRadio are in the public interest.  As part of this proceeding, the FCC is now calling for public comment.  CCFC is submitting extensive comments that detail the problems inherent in advertising on school buses and the hyper-commercial content of BusRadio.  But the FCC needs to hear from you, too. Please follow the instructions... Read more...
Boston Common

Let's keep the Boston Common commercial-free

Unless we act now, corporate advertising could soon be imposed on the Boston Common, the first and oldest public park in the nation.  According to The Boston Globe, Mayor Thomas Menino is testing public reaction to the idea of including ads on the Common.  If you believe that public parks and gathering places should be off-limits to the crass commercialism that has permeated nearly every nook and cranny of our lives, the Mayor needs to hear from you. Screen-based... Read more...

Tell Family Physicians: Coke and Health Education Don't Mix

Not everything goes better with Coke. Medical advice certainly doesn't, and neither do organizations whose mission is to promote public health. That's why we were so disappointed to learn about the American Academy of Family Physicians' new partnership with Coca-Cola Company. Coke is providing a grant to the AAFP to offer health advice related to beverages and sweeteners for FamilyDoctor.org, an award-winning consumer health and wellness resource.   It's part of a new AAFP program called the... Read more...

Tell the FTC: Protect Children's Online Privacy

If you care about children’s online privacy, the Federal Trade Commission needs to hear from you. The FTC has proposed important changes to the implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule), adopted in 2000 to create a safer online experience for children. But the online environment for children has changed dramatically over the past ten years, while the COPPA Rule has never been updated. The FTC’s proposed changes would provide important safeguards protecting... Read more...

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