Advocates Urge Channel One to Stop Advertising Junk Food in Classrooms

On October 19, 25 experts and public health organizations called on the producers of Channel One News, a commercial network shown in school classrooms, to update their advertising policies to stop advertising unhealthy food and beverages to children. Channel One’s 10-minute broadcasts include two minutes of ads and are viewed daily by millions of middle and high school students.

#WatchOut: Smartwatches pose a danger to kids' welfare

A number of brands of “smartwatches” intended to help parents monitor and protect young children have major security and privacy flaws which could endanger the children wearing them. A coalition of leading U.S. child advocacy, consumer, and privacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today, asking the agency to investigate the threat these watches pose to children. 

On the Heels of Congressional Inquiry, Advocates Ask Mattel to Scrap “Aristotle,” AI Device Which Spies on Babies & Kids

Date of Release: 

Monday, October 2, 2017

For Immediate Release

David Monahan,, 617-896-9397
Brett Chamberlin,, 510-883-1055

On the Heels of Congressional Inquiry, Advocates Ask Mattel to Scrap “Aristotle,” AI Device Which Spies on Babies & Kids

How to Nourish Screen-Free Connections: Lessons from Camp Grounded


Bill Softky & Criscillia Benford

We’re parents, and proud ones. Our kids, now ages 20 and 23, have each already enjoyed healthy, respectful relationships, which we regard as a far better marker of functional personhood than grades or money. Still, we’re glad they can support themselves now.

Our only regret is having let them spend so much time with screens when they were kids, and then buying them laptops and smartphones which encouraged the practice. If we knew then what we know now, we would have deliberately carved out more time for family conversations and activities in real life.

That smartphone can Wait Until 8th


Brooke Shannon

Recently a group of parents and I started to discuss the mounting pressure to give our children their own smartphones at an early age. 

We questioned why so many young children at school, sports, and parties are glued constantly to their smartphones. We wondered why on earth a first grader needed the latest iPhone 7. We agreed that the average age a child receives a smartphone—10 years old—is too young considering all the risks the device poses.

Food marketing is designed to bypass parents


Monique Potvin Kent

Canada’s Parliament is considering a law that would ban junk food marketing to children under age 17. Food and nutrition researcher Monique Potvin Kent has conducted studies which point to an urgent need for these protections. Her concerns addressed to Canadian parents will resonate with parents everywhere.

Dear Parents,

I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing your children and teens are viewing.


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