February 2015

A Salute to Susan Linn; We’re Hiring; Commercial Quandaries for Modern Parents: To Buy In or Not to Buy In; Kids Unbranded Video Contest; Celebrate Screen-Free Week May 4-10; Recommended Reading, Viewing, and Listening

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Save the Date!
Save the Date

We’re Hiring
CCFC is looking for a new Associate Director to work with incoming Executive Director Josh Golin. The Associate Director is responsible for designing and implementing CCFC’s advocacy campaigns and media strategy. It’s a fantastic opportunity for experienced advocates who are passionate about stopping the commercialization of childhood.

Ideal candidates have significant experience developing, implementing, and publicizing campaigns, as well as a passion for social justice, the wellbeing of children, and a commitment to CCFC’s mission. Click here for more information and to apply.

Commercial Quandaries for Modern Parents: To Buy In or Not to Buy In
In our latest Q&A about parenting in a commercialized world, Melissa from Utah writes, “My 3 sons, ages 11, 8, and 4 are starting to spend a lot more time with friends lately. We have limits on screen time at our house and spend most of our toy money on building and thinking toys. But my boys don't seem to want play with their friends at our house and their friends would rather not play here as well. How can we make our house more ‘fun’ for friends without giving in to the hyped up toys, video games, and especially toys from movies that are inappropriate for my children to see?”

Click here to read Dr. Susan Linn’s reply. And click here to submit your own Commercial Quandary. We’ll select a question each month to be answered by CCFC staff and featured on our blog.

Kids Unbranded Video Contest
Have something to say about children and excessive advertising? Our friends at the Center for a New American Dream and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking have launched a video contest with the theme, “Raising Humans, Not Consumers.” Click here for more information.

Celebrate Screen-Free Week May 4-10
On May 4th-10th children, families, and communities around the world will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Unplug from digital entertainment and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.

Get involved! Visit www.screenfree.org to download our Organizer’s Kit, check out some of our favorite SFW activities, and more.

We’re not the only ones excited about SFW. Endorsements are pouring in. If your school or non-profit would like to endorse SFW, email us at ccfc@commercialfreechildhood.org.

And if you can’t wait for SFW, celebrate the National Day of Unplugging March 6th-7th!

Recommended Reading, Viewing, and Listening