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Nickelodeon has been urging children to vote for their favorite games at Addicting Games.com, a gaming website that is part of its popular media empire for kids. Tomorrow morning, in a television special called the Addicting Games Showdown, Nickelodeon will announce which game was voted “Most Heart-Pounding,” “Most Superior Ninja” and “OMG! Cutest Animal.” It may sound like Addicting Games is just another innocuous game site for children, but that’s not the case. CCFC has been monitoring AddictingGames.com for several months. The site, which is just a click away from many of Nick’s popular websites for children, contains numerous sexualized and graphically violent games that aren’t—by any stretch of the imagination—suitable for kids....
Iron Man 2—rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence—is just the opening salvo in the movie industry’s annual summer assault on children. This year’s attack continues with the opening of Prince of Persia, rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. Since 2007, CCFC has tracked the marketing of violent PG-13 blockbuster movies to very young children. Our research conclusively demonstrates that these films are extensively marketed even to preschoolers through TV ads on children’s networks when a disproportionate number of their youngest viewers are watching....
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We're making a difference. Recently, Nickelodeon removed links to AddictingGames.com from all preschool websites under its NickJr.com umbrella, including Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans, and Wonder Pets. More than 9,000 of you demanded that Nickelodeon stop promoting its Addicting Games website to children--and there are signs that Nick is finally getting the message.  But we need you to keep the pressure on.  Nickelodeon continues to link to Addicting Games, which includes some highly sexualized and horrifically violent games, from Nick.com and many of its other kids websites.  And Nick is actually revving up its promotion of Addicting Games to children.  On Saturday June 19th, Nickelodeon TV will air the...
Below are images and descriptions of some of the highly sexualized and horrifically violent games on Nickelodeon's AddictingGames.com.  Nickelodeon promotes Addicting Games to children as young as preschoolers.  To urge Nick to stop promoting the website to children, please click here.  To learn more about CCFC's concerns -- and how Nick is finally starting to get the message, click here. You Da Sperm Accessed: June 2, 2010 Description: "What has this woman been eating that there are apparently jellyfish inside her uterus? Take Sammy the Sperm through the inner canals that is woman,...
On May 12, 2010 CCFC presented its 2010 TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) Award to Nickelodeon's AddictingGames.com as the worst toy of the year.  Inspired by Nickelodeon’s blatant disregard for children’s well-being, voters overwhelmingly chose AddictingGames.com as the 2010 winner of the TOADY Award.   With an astounding 64% of the vote, AddictingGames.com easily outpaced its TOADY rivals:  The Little Tykes Young Explorer (18%), the BARBIE DOLL'D UP NAILS Digital Nail Printer (8%), the EyeClops Mini Projector (5%) and the Halo United Nations Space Command Turret (5%). While AddictingGames.com may have taken the day, each of the...
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The people have spoken.  Inspired by Nickelodeon's blatant disregard for children's well-being, you overwhelmingly chose AddictingGames.com as this year's winner of CCFC's TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the worst toy of the year.   With an astounding 64% of the vote, AddictingGames.com easily outpaced its TOADY rivals:  The Little Tykes Young Explorer (18%), the BARBIE DOLL'D UP NAILS Digital Nail Printer (8%), the EyeClops Mini Projector (5%) and the Halo United Nations Space Command Turret (5%).  Nickelodeon's decision to exploit its reputation as a family-friendly company by linking to the games directly from its...
I know I'm not alone in my inability to stop thinking about that oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes it's foremost in my thoughts, but often it's more in the background, like chronic anxiety, or some dull but persistent toothache. And, as we go about our daily work at CCFC, I'm thinking more than ever about sustainability and its links to our mission of reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers. We can't achieve a sustainable society without curbing consumption. Lifetime consumer habits begin in childhood. That's one big reason why children are targeted so intensely with marketing and why it needs to stop. As Josh Golin and I wrote in a piece for the Huffington Post on Earth Day last year, "Marketing doesn't just sell...
            CCFC's 7th Summit Consuming Kids: Market Values, Human Values, and the Lives of Children Wheelock College, Boston April 8-10, 2010   On April 8-10, participants from around the world gathered at Wheelock College for a weekend of education and advocacy, and a celebration of community and CCFC’s determination to reclaim childhood from corporate marketers. Visit our YouTube Channel to watch videos of the keynote presentations from the summit!   Thursday, April 8: An Evening with Annie “The Story of Stuff” LeonardThe summit kicked off with CCFC’s presentation of the Fred Rogers Integrity Award to Annie Leonard, creator and host of the Internet film sensation, The Story of Stuff. Annie was...
After ten incredibly successful years, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has been forced to leave Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC), a Harvard-affiliated children’s mental health center in Boston. CCFC now has a wonderful new home at Third Sector New England, an organization devoted to promoting a more just and democratic society. We’re pleased to have landed in such a great place. But we feel that it is important for you to know why JBCC severed our affiliation at a time when our work on behalf of children and families was being heralded worldwide. As described in today's New York Times, last fall’s successful campaign to get Disney to offer refunds on Baby Einstein videos came at a price. At the height of the...
Our successful campaign to persuade Disney to give refunds to parents who purchased Baby Einstein videos has become a huge international story.  Media coverage includes a front page story in The New York Times ("No Genius in Your Crib?  Get a Refund"); stories on Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News; and articles in hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.  Parents in other countries are now demanding their money back. And thanks to you, the story has gone viral.  You've written about the refund and CCFC's success all over Twitter and Facebook.  Screen time for babies and Disney's deceptive marketing has become the hot topic on parenting blogs and listservs.  And pediatricians are...

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