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CCFC to Scholastic: Stop Peddling TV In Preschools

Date of Release: 

Thursday, September 15, 2005

September 15, 2005
Contact: Dr. Susan Linn (617) 278-4282
Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint (617) 278-4105
For Immediate Release

CCFC to Scholastic: Stop Peddling TV In Preschools

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is urging Scholastic, Inc. to stop promoting Tickle U, the Cartoon Network’s new block of programming for toddlers, in preschools. Scholastic recently sent branded Tickle U teaching materials to more than 20,000 preschool teachers and intends to update the materials on a monthly basis.

Cartoon Network’s “Tickle U” Is No Laughing Matter; CCFC Urges Families to Stay Away From New Preschool Programming

Date of Release: 

Monday, August 15, 2005

August 15, 2005

Contact: Dr. Susan Linn (617) 278-4282 susan<at>commercialfreechildhood.org
Dr. Diane Levin (617) 879-2176 dlevin@wheelock.edu
Dr. Allen Kanner (510) 558-7210 adkanner@earthlink.net     

For Immediate Release

My Failed Screen-Free Week

by: 

Shara Drew

I failed miserably at Screen-Free Week. Alright, maybe not miserably. Here is the context: my husband Neal and I are home caring for our very new baby, Wes. He is our first child and the love of our lives, and he consumes just about every moment and every ounce of energy we have (just as he is supposed to). Every other day or so, Wes falls into a deep sleep in the evening and Neal and I giddily steal some time to watch an episode of X-Files.

Screen-Free At Last!

by: 

Josh Golin

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: I am so looking forward to Screen-Free Week.  

When CCFC began hosting Screen-Free Week, I didn’t think about it in personal terms.  After all, my daughter (now 3.5) is screen-free. And me? I barely watch TV.  Sure, I’m on the computer a lot.  But for good reasons.  To do my job. To follow important events. As part of my non-work activism.  If I’m using screens to be a more engaged citizen, what’s the problem? 

Confessions of a Screen Addict About to Go Cold Turkey (almost) in Anticipation of Screen-Free Week: April 30-May 6

by: 

Susan Linn, Ed.D.

The truth: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, playing Angry Birds on the subway.

The justification: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, after a stressful day trying to change a world that wasn’t cooperating, unable to concentrate on reading, and playing Angry Birds on the subway.

Dreaming of a Screen-Freer Future

by: 

Shara Drew

I not only survived, I thrived during Screen-Free Week. I can tell by my dreams. The last few nights of my screen freedom yielded some of the most spectacular dreams I’ve had in a long time. Friday night I was literally flying around town with an air-powered jet pack, sharing my environmentally-friendly transportation invention with interested onlookers. Saturday night I giddily watched a performance by a couple who erupted from an organized sit-down dinner into a colorful, acrobatic dance. My mind at rest could suddenly imagine the bizarre and the beautiful, flight and frolic.

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