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

Contact:
David Monahan, david@commercialfreechildhood.org, 617-896-9397
Brett Chamberlin, brett@storyofstuff.org, 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

by: 

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

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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

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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.

Advocates Call on FCC to Protect Programming and Advertising Safeguards for Children’s TV

Date of Release: 

Friday, August 4, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Josh Golin (CCFC), (617) 896-9368 josh@commercialfreechildhood.org
Jeff Chester (CDD), 202-494-7100, jeff@democraticmedia.org 

Advocates Call on FCC to Protect Programming and Advertising Safeguards for Children’s TV
Commission Must Reject TV Industry Proposal to Undermine Public Interest Obligations

CCFC supports the California Broadband Privacy Act

by: 

David Monahan

On July 7, 2017, CCFC submitted comments in support of California AB375, the Broadband Privacy Act. This bill would replace privacy regulations rolled back by Congress at the national level earlier this year, and protect consumers from having their personal data--including browsing history--sold by their Internet Service Provider without their consent. Below is our comment. 

Dear Assemblymember Chau: 

Investigation Shows That FTC's Reminder Letters Are Ineffective at Disclosing Paid Posts on Instagram

Date of Release: 

Monday, June 26, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:

David Monahan, (617) 896-9397, david@commercialfreechildhood.org
Kristen Strader, (202) 588-7785, kstrader@citizen.org

Investigation Shows That FTC's Reminder Letters Are Ineffective at Disclosing Paid Posts on Instagram

Groups to the FTC: Enforcement Action Needed to Change Influencer Behavior on Instagram

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