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Consuming Kids: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 5:00pm
Thanks for another wonderful summit! Read all about it here. Summit Schedule The summit schedule is now available! Click here to see the amazing presentations our speakers have in store. Event Summary Are you outraged by what’s marketed to children these days—junk toys, junk food, violent media, sexualized clothing? Do you believe it's wrong that corporations have so much influence on children’s lives? Do you think children need more play time and less screen time? Do you want to do something about it?  Come to CCFC’s 8th annual Consuming Kids Summit in Boston on March 21-23, 2013. Learn. Network. Meet and mingle with today’s leading scholars, activists, and researchers—and people like you who believe that children should be nurtured, not manipulated for profit. Find out what you can do to stop the commercial exploitation of children. This year’s summit features an amazing array of speakers, including many—like  advertising legend Alex Bogusky, the Praxis... Read more...

Consuming Kids: Market Values, Human Values, and the Lives of Children

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 3:00pm
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. The 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 honored for inspiring millions of young people to explore the links between consumerism and environmental degradation. Friday featured presentations and breakout sessions on a number of topics, including the role of marketing in childhood obesity; the impact of commercial culture on children in Sweden (where advertising to children under 12 years old is banned); and the effects of materialistic values on children’s happiness and wellbeing. Friday also included the presentation of the Commercial-Free World of Children Award to Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint. Saturday’s highlights included breakout... Read more...

Consuming Kids: The Sexualization of Children and Other Commercial Calamities

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:00pm
More than 200 people attended CCFC’s sixth summit, which kicked off with the presentation of the Fred Rogers’ Integrity Award to Morgan Spurlock, director and star of the acclaimed film Super Size Me.  The following day Jean Kilbourne and Diane Levin gave the opening keynote presentation based on their new book, So Sexy, So Soon.   Other highlights included a hilarious presentation from costumed Australian advocate Julie Gale, a sobering look at the correlation between children’s wellbeing and how much nations regulate marketing, and a host of workshops and breakoutessions where participants developed strategies for limiting marketers’ access to kids.    Read more...

Consuming Kids: Marketing in Schools and Beyond

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 7:00pm to Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 3:00pm
CCFC’s first Boston summit kicked off with a protest against BusRadio, a Massachusetts-based company created to force children to listen to commercial radio broadcasts on school buses around the country.  Legendary children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian joined advocates for children from all over the world to say, "Turn off BusRadio" and "Our Students are Not for Sale!” in a demonstration outside of the venture capital firm that funded BusRadio.  The protest was the first in a series of actions targeting BusRadio that forced that company to close its doors in 2009. Other highlights included the presentation of the Fred Rogers Integrity Award to Raffi for his strong stance against the commercialization of childhood and his refusal to market directly to children; a stirring keynote address from Alex Molnar on marketing in schools, an inspiring panel on effective advocacy strategies, and the surprise presentation of the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation to CCFC’s... Read more...

Consuming Kids: How Marketing Undermines Children’s Health, Values & Behavior

Friday, March 11, 2005 - 7:00pm to Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 3:00pm
More than 100 scholars, activists, parents, students, and journalists attended CCFC’s first summit held outside of New York City. The summit  kicked off with a lobbying day as attendees visited their representatives on Capital Hill to push for regulations to protect children from harmful marketing.  Other highlights from the weekend included a surprise visit from legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader; a number of eye-opening panels on how marketers target minority youth, and presentations by Representative Sean Fairlcoth (Maine) and Nell “the Movie Mom” Minow.  In a clear indication of CCFC’s growing influence, the summit’s last day was broadcast in its entirety on C-SPAN.  Read more...

Consuming Kids: Toying with Children’s Health

Saturday, February 14, 2004 - 9:00am
About 100 activists, scholars, concerned parents and citizens demonstrated their commitment to children by spending their Valentine’s Day at CCFC’s 3rd summit.  While down the hall at the Roosevelt Hotel marketers gathered at a conference sponsored by the marketing publication Kidscreen to plan new advertising strategies for targeting youth, attendees at our summit heard from leading scholars, authors, and activists about the harms associated with marketing to children.  Highlights included presentations from former Viacom executive Lisa Flythe on the limits of self-regulation, an eye-opening look at the commercialization of children’s literature by Daniel Hade of Penn State University, and a rousing call to action by Enola Aird of the Motherhood Project.  The next day, continuing CCFC’s tradition of combining education with activism, summit participants gathered for a lively demonstration at the International Toy Fair.  Read more...

Consuming Kids: Marketers' Impact on Children's Health

Friday, September 20, 2002 - 9:00am
When Brunico, Inc. moved its Advertising and Promoting to Kids conference to the Yale Club they had no idea that we would be there too.  Fortunately, we had friends at Yale as distressed about marketing to children as we were.  The event spurred the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, to publish an editorial on the harms of marketing to children. As in the previous year, the summit was followed by a protest of The Golden Marble Awards and marked the last time the awards were given—and the last Advertising and Promoting to Kids conference.   Read more...

The Commercialization of Childhood: How Marketing Harms Children

Monday, September 10, 2001 - 9:00am
The first CCFC summit took place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City in protest of a “how-to” conference in the same building called “Advertising and Promoting to Kids.”  While markers were a few floors below learning how best to exploit children, we gathered an extraordinary group of activists & scholars to highlight the harms of commercializing childhood.  The summit was followed by a demonstration outside the hotel protesting The Golden Marble Awards—the adverting industry’s celebration of marketing to children.  Read more...
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