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I’m so excited about the real progress we’re making shielding children from invasive advertising. Our ongoing campaign to keep ads off of school buses is just one example.  Several years ago, marketers started pushing state legislators to allow ads on the outside of buses, wowing them with false promises of big money for school districts. Pundits predicted that the plain yellow school bus would soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to your support, that hasn’t happened. From 2011 through this year, states introduced 36 bills that would allow school districts to place ads on...
On May 24, advocacy groups, teachers, parents, and youth gathered at the huge “Rock n Roll” McDonald’s in downtown Chicago to loudly demand: Stop McTeacher’s Nights! The rally was held just two days before the McDonald’s Annual Shareholder meeting and a short drive from the company’s headquarters. The speeches, signs, and protest chants revolved around one theme: McDonald’s should not target kids and capitalize on student-teacher relationships with junk food “fundraisers” that return little to schools. A group of young students from Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship gave an inspiring presentation, asking McDonald’s to stay out of schools and stop encouraging unhealthy habits. Thanks to our partners at Corporate Accountability...
From May 2-8, thousands of people across the United States and around the world celebrated Screen-Free Week. Thanks so much to all the SFW organizers who rallied their families, schools, and communities to participate! Screen-Free Week Everywhere From Maine to California, and everywhere in between, organizers planned amazing screen-free events and activities. There was Photography Day at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings, MN, a Family Fitness Fair put on by the Department of Health in Charlotte County, FL, sensory play time and other activities at the Brighton District Library in Michigan, a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Maplewood Elementary School in Austin, TX, and a daytime campfire and a cave hike at the Lake Roland...
I remember crossing paths with Thomas the Tank Engine when my son, Ayhan, was about a year old. Our local library had a weekly story and Lego Time, which became a regular Saturday morning outing for my son and me. Ayhan was instantly attracted to the Duplo train set, which happened to take on the persona of a certain blue engine. At first, I kept said train nameless, but many children at Lego Time loved Thomas (and how can you not love a train with a happy big-eyed face?) and many were...
Great news! Bloomberg News reports that sales of Mattel’s Hello Barbie are extremely weak. Together, we convinced parents to leave the creepy, eavesdropping doll on the shelf! Long before the doll’s release, CCFC publicized how Hello Barbie would threaten children’s privacy, creativity, and wellbeing. Nearly 45,000 people signed our petitions urging Mattel not to release the doll that records and analyzes children’s conversations, and our concerns were featured in media outlets around the world, including the Washington Post and Fox News. In November, just before the doll hit stores, we enlisted experts to help us tell...
I was thrilled to attend the National Conference of the Network for Public Education (NPE) on April 16 and 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina. NPE shared the Convention Center with a local Comic Con, but even without capes and masks our event had the true superheroes: educators fighting for children and our communities. The theme of this year’s conference: “And Justice for All: Strengthening Public Education for Each Child.” Some groups are canceling events in North Carolina in solidarity with those oppressed by the state legislature’s passage of HB2, which nullified local ordinances protecting the LGBT community. But with the news of HB2 coming so close to this conference, NPE President Diane Ravitch boldly announced: “We are going to North...
This month, I had my students write what I called "Activist Poems". We brainstormed a variety of social issues that affect both adults and children. The list had a variety of topics from smoking to terrorism to homelessness. My contribution to the list was screen time. As I read all of my students' poems, I found that one student, Oula, chose this topic to write about. All of my students' poems were powerful, but I felt this one needed to be shared. Here is a 4th grader's perspective on screen-time:    I am against kids having too much screen time I wonder what makes tech so appealing I hear beeps and blinks from a million iPads I see parents neglecting their kids, telling them to watch TV. I want people to socialize more, face to face,...
If someone offered you a dollar a year to advertise to your child, potentially putting their safety in jeopardy, would you do it? Of course not. Yet that’s what many New Jersey school districts are doing by placing ads on the exterior of their school buses. A familiar yellow school bus sends a message, loud and clear: “precious cargo.” However, New Jersey is one of only nine states where that message can be clouded by another one: “buy this.” In 2011, the Legislature felt compelled to pass a law which permits school bus advertising by the promise of robust returns that would help close school budget gaps. But those returns have not materialized. So isn’t it time for New Jersey lawmakers to repeal this law? With public school budgets...
Nathan DunganFrom better health to better learning to better connections with family and friends, there are so many reasons to celebrate Screen-Free Week. Here’s another: reducing kids’ screen time is the primary way that parents can safeguard children from corporate marketers.  Marketers want 24/7 access to our children so they can sell them things they don’t need. In fact, children are overwhelmed with more than 5,000 advertising impressions per day—many of which are coming at them in rapid succession via the screens in their lives. Buying all that stuff can diminish a child’s...
 The State of Rhode Island House Health Education and Welfare Committee is considering a bill which would prohibit any advertising in schools for food or beverages which do not meet minimum USDA nutrition standards. While CCFC believes schools should be free of all advertising, the bill is an important step towards protecting Rhode Island students from junk food marketing. Below is the testimony which CCFC and Corporate Accountability International have filed in support of this bill.   March 16, 2016 House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare State of Rhode Island General Assembly Testimony of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Corporate Accountability International in favor of...

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