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We're seeking a full-time Program Coordinator and a part-time Research Assistant to support our Boston office. Program CoordinatorThis role will support all of our programs, including our corporate campaigns and the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, and is crucial for making our organization run smoothly and effectively. Ideal candidates are curious, highly organized, detail-oriented, and passionate about reducing corporations’ influence on childhood. Click here for more information and to apply.  Research Assistant This role will support all of our programs, including our corporate campaigns and the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, and is crucial for making our organization run smoothly and...
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 activeThey scaled rock climbing walls, jumped rope, wiggled on jungle gyms, hiked, danced, and got their feet wet at the beach. Students at the Margaret E. Small Elementary School on Cape Cod saddled up for their first bike rodeo! It’s the second year the school has celebrated big with the school nurse, guidance counselors and teachers working hard to make it a meaningful week....
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 students at Nikiski North Star Elementary School in Kenai, Alaska, did just that. The experience was reported in the Peninsula Clarion, and then picked up by newspapers around the country. We couldn’t resist asking the students themselves what they thought of the experience, and here’s what five of them – Belle, Avery, Noah, Kailey, and Telan – had to say. We appreciate their candor and thoughtful assessment of their Screen-Free Week, and applaud Principal Margaret Gilman and all the teachers at Nikiski North Star Elementary School for...
Screen-Free Week is about disconnecting from entertainment screens for an entire week. But what if we were to ask children to disconnect for an entire year? Hadley, Finley, Tilly, and Scotia Crosby lived an extraordinary 11-month screen-free family odyssey on the seas that drew to an end in July 2017. The four sisters and their parents shared amazing adventures and challenges, but did so together, screen-free. Columnist Thomas Farragher reported about their experience in The Boston Globe, and when he asked the sisters about lessons learned at sea, here was the takeaway: “Slow down. Walk, don’t drive. Spend your time wisely. Work at being a family, a family that enjoys being together. Oh yes, and unplug.” We’ve asked...
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 to the letter sent to Facebook by CCFC, signed by 117 child development experts and advocates, asking Facebook to scrap the Messenger Kids app for young kids. Here is their exchange: SENATOR DURBIN: You have recently announced something that is called Messenger Kids. Facebook created an app allowing kids between the ages of 6 and 12 to send video and text messages through Facebook as an extension of their parent's account. You have cartoonlike stickers, and other features designed to appeal to little kids — first-graders,...
On April 9, CCFC and the Center for Digital Democracy took a groundbreaking step to protect children’s privacy: We filed a Federal Trade Commission Complaint detailing how Google is breaking the law by collecting personal data from children on YouTube without parental consent. Our landmark complaint is supported by a coalition of 23 consumer and privacy groups.  The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, is the only federal law regulating how to handle kids’ online data, and its demands are relatively straightforward: if you run a site for kids, or if you know kids are using your site, you need to a) tell their parents exactly what kind of personal data you collect, and b) get verifiable parental permission before you gather...
CCFC has joined EPIC Privacy and 14 other privacy and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Facebook violated a 2011 FTC order when it disclosed the personal data of 50 million Americans to data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. The consent order requires Facebook to get consumers’ approval before it changes their privacy preferences or changes the way it will share data. The groups say Facebook violated the order when it shared sensitive information about users with the political consultants without the users’ knowledge or consent: Click here to read the full letter.
Two nationally-renowned experts on the impacts of school policies on children’s wellbeing—Alex Molnar  and Faith Boninger—urge Maryland lawmakers to endorse HB 1110, the groundbreaking legislation which would protect children from the known health risks of digital devices used in schools: March 7, 2018  Hon. Anne R. Kaiser, Chair, Ways and Means Committee Hon. Eric G. Luedtke, Chair, Education Subcommittee Maryland House of Delegates6 Bladen Street Annapolis, MD  21401  Re: Support for HB 1110 — An Act Concerning Public Schools – Health And Safety Guidelines And Procedures – Digital Devices  Dear Chairwoman Kaiser, Chairman Luedtke, and Distinguished Subcommittee Members,  Thank you for considering Delegate Arentz’s House Bill...
Maryland lawmakers are considering groundbreaking legislation to protect children from the known health risks of digital devices used in schools. If you're a Maryland resident, please sign our petition in support of this bill. House Bill 1110 would require the Maryland Department of Education to develop health and safety guidelines and procedures for the use of digital devices in public school classrooms, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and an advisory panel of groups including CCFC, the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maryland State Medical Society, Parents Across America, the Maryland PTA, and other education and health advocacy groups. A growing body of research demonstrates that...
Dear Mark, You seem like a nice enough guy. I mean, if you lived in our cul-de-sac and if the wind had blown our garbage can lid off (as it does during high wind season here in the Pacific Northwest) and you heard it clattering around, I think you would go out and chase it down and put it back on securely. Or if you were too busy to do that, you might text me about it. If I didn’t respond in a few minutes, you would understand, shaking your head knowingly, yet kindly, and understanding that since I am of an older generation than you and I don’t roam around with my cell phone as a bodily extension, texting may not be the best way to communicate with me. Shrugging it off, I bet you would go outside even in the high winds and cold rain, to...

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