The Public Says 'NO' to Corporate Advertising in National Parks

Date of Release: 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Contact:
David Monahan, david@commercialfreechildhood.org, (617) 896-9368
Kristen Strader, kstrader@citizen.org, (202) 588-7785

For Immediate Release

The Public Says 'NO' to Corporate Advertising in National Parks
Outpouring of Public Comments Opposes New NPS Policy; 215,000 Petition Signatures Demand That Parks Remain Free of Corporate Branding

Then and Now: Reflections on Reducing Screen Time

by: 

Jenny Gamson

Jenny and her younger brother in 1965

I am a child of the 60s. I was raised in an activist household – in 1969, the whole family drove through the night to Washington, DC, to attend the largest anti-war demonstration in history. It was a household that not only limited television time to one hour a day, much to the consternation of my brother and I, but where there was also a ban on what my wise parents called “television toys.” Though they themselves were raised in the radio era, my parents were ahead of their time – they are among the first generation of parents who realized the damaging impact television could have on kids.

A Flexible Approach to Family Media Management

by: 

Tim Kasser, CCFC Board member

Last week my youngest son left for college, signaling the end of the most intense phase of child-rearing for me and my wife. This big life transition has led me to reflect a lot lately on my experience as a parent. I think if you asked my sons about what my wife and I were like as parents, they both would almost certainly mention our screen time rules. 

CCFC members stand up for national parks

On August 12, 2016, CCFC’s David Monahan joined Kristen Strader and Margrete Strand Rangnes of Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert for a meeting with staff of the National Park Service (NPS) in Washington, DC. They presented the NPS with 213,926 petition signatures from the members of CREDO Action, Commercial Alert, and CCFC, asking the NPS to abandon plans to permit corporate sponsorships and branding in our parks. 

A mom asks Stonyfield Organic: 'Why can't yogurt just be yogurt?'

by: 

David Monahan

CCFC supporter Tanya Palacio sent this photo of Stonyfield yogurt with a Dinotrux ad 

We are constantly reminded of the role our supporters play in opposing exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing. Here is another example.

Tanya Palacio, a CCFC supporter from Silver Spring, Maryland, was upset to see Disney and DreamWorks’ characters on the Stonyfield Organic yogurt she purchases for her kids. She shared with us this email she sent to Stonyfield:

My journey to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

by: 

Jean Rogers

Jean and her son Scott, who survived into young adulthood sans Pokemon cards

When my son, Scott, was in first grade, he came home completely agitated one day. “Mom!” he pleaded urgently, “Can we get Pokemon cards? Everyone has them!” The following conversation ensued:

Me: “No, Scott, we don’t need Pokemon cards. You know we don’t watch the show. All they do is fight.” 
Scott: “Austin has a Pokemon lunchbox!” 
Me: “Scott, we are not getting Pokemon cards.” 

He screwed up his face and stamped his little 6-year-old foot. End of discussion. 

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