TOADY 2014: The Case for Barbie Loves Girl Scouts

Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that promote precocious sexuality to children and push branded and screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC has selected five exceptional finalists.

CDD and CCFC Urge FTC to investigate and Bring Action Against AgeCheq for COPPA Violations

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) filed comments today with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), raising important questions about the Commission’s oversight of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The comments came in response to an application submitted to the FTC by AgeCheq, Inc., which is seeking approval of its proposed “verifiable parental consent” (VPC) technology.

CDD and CCFC Urge FTC to investigate and Bring Action Against AgeCheq for COPPA Violations

Date of Release: 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Contact: Josh Golin (617-896-9369; josh@commercialfreechildhood.org)

For Immediate Release

Center for Digital Democracy and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Urge Federal Trade Commission to investigate and Bring Action Against AgeCheq for COPPA Violations

Did the CEO of Big Mac Tell a Whopper to His Shareholders?

by: 

Josh Golin

Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, was having a rough week. The day before, more than a thousand people had staged a raucous protest at McDonald’s headquarters to demand higher wages. Now, as Thompson addressed shareholders at his company’s 2014 Annual Meeting, a determined group of mothers from Corporate Accountability International’s #MomsNotLovinIt campaign were eager to question him about McDonald’s marketing practices.

This Clown Doesn't Belong in Schools

At the McDonald’s 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting, CEO Don Thompson was questioned by Sally Kuzemchak, a concerned nutritionist and parent, about the company’s notorious targeting of children. Thompson tried to reassure Kuzemchak. “Relative to our marketing, we have been marketing responsibly,” he told her. And then he dropped a bombshell, “We don’t put Ronald out in schools.”

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