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The National Park Service (NPS) has ignored the hue and cry from the public and finalized Director’s Order 21, a policy which permits greater corporate presence and influence in our national parks. This is how the public spoke out: Over 215,000 people signed a petition hosted by CCFC, Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert program, and CREDO Action Alert asking the NPS to abandon plans to permit corporate sponsorships, naming rights, and branding in our parks; 78% of 345 public comments filed with the agency opposed the Order and asked the NPS to keep our parks as a refuge from corporate marketing; and A coalition of 66 health groups asked the NPS to abandon plans to permit partnerships with alcohol sellers and recognition of their products in...
Good news! On January 5, 2017, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill which would have allowed digital billboards to go up on public school property, subjecting vulnerable children to bright commercial advertising. We applaud Governor Snyder for putting the welfare of children first!  When we heard about Senate Bill 593, which would have allowed billboards on school property, we partnered with Scenic Michigan on a petition drive to oppose the measure. We were disappointed when the Michigan legislature passed the bill, but didn’t despair: We sent Governor Snyder the petition with signatures from 115 Michigan residents and a letter urging him to veto the bill. As we told the Governor, marketing does not belong on school grounds, where...
Years ago, when I was a young financial advisor in Philadelphia, a friend shared with me a simple idea for the holidays. He'd heard it from his in-laws, Sam and Trudy, who were concerned about the gift-giving extravaganza overtaking their family Christmas celebration--and especially the impact it was having on their grandkids.  Sam and Trudy's solution: counter the "it's all about me" focus with a simple act of gratitude.  In addition to one gift, each grandchild also received a "share check." The share check was for $25, signed by Sam and Trudy, and almost filled in. The line for "pay to the order of" was intentionally left blank.  The goal: each grandchild had to give the money away to a charitable cause they were passionate about.  And...
Lulu's 11-Piece Makeup Set by Pink Fizz!  The votes are in for the 2016 TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young children) Award, and Pink Fizz's skin-irritating, endocrine-disrupting makeup set -- marketed to girls as young as age three as the "the ultimate glam makeup collection in a box" -- took the title handily with 33% of the vote. The Game of Life: Empire was runner-up (17%), followed by the View-Master Batman: The Animated Series Virtual Reality Pack (16%), Shopkins Tall Mall Playset (16%), Pokemon GO (15%), and Play-Doh Hulk and Iron Man (2%)....
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, New Moon Girls makes the case for Lulu's Ultimate Makeup Set by Pink Fizz. Playing with makeup sold in a toy store shouldn’t endanger a girl’s health. But it does. That’s why New Moon Girls is nominating the Pink Fizz Beauty Essentials...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, Families Managing Media makes the case for Mattel's Batman VR Viewer. Trusted Reviews is calling 2016 “The Year of Virtual Reality.” But the question is: Should it be? Yes, VR is the newest technology in the toy market. VR toys...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, TRUCE makes the case for Play Doh’s Hulk Smash kit. When CCFC asked TRUCE to recommend the worst toy of the year, we immediately thought of Play Doh! Not what you’d expect, is it? While this Hulk and Ironman Play Doh set may not seem...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, the Story of Stuff makes the case for Shopkins Tall Mall playset. As more wreaths adorn front doors and more coats and rain boots adorn our neighbors, it's clear that the holidays are approaching, and with them, the peak shopping season...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert makes the case for The Game of Life: Empire. Every year, toy companies seem to release a toy more egregious than the last. Corporations are constantly trying to find ways to reach children and turn them...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, EPIC makes the case for Pokemon GO. Pokemon GO collects a treasure trove of sensitive data about its players, many of whom are young children and teens. Parents should think twice before allowing their children to turn over their...

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