No TV for US

Allen Kanner securitizes the claim that television has educational value. Television viewing is the largest source of marketing to children; it is associated with violent behaviour, obesity, depression, low self-esteem, poorer social relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and with poorer cognitive and academic functioning. It is a poor educational tool that interferes with superior ways of learning.

Opposing View: Ban Food Marketing to Kids

Food marketing plays a significant role in the childhood obesity epidemic. In order to ward off regulation, companies have created self-serving nutritional standards for the food they market to children. Independent analyses show that industry self-policing does not work. Advertising aimed at children has a significant and negative impact on children’s well-being and it should be banned.

Policy Statement: Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years.

This policy statement addresses the lack of evidence supporting educational or developmental benefits for media use by children younger than 2 years. It explores the potential adverse health and developmental effects of media use by babies and toddlers, and the adverse effects of background TV. The AAP recommends discouraging screen time for children under 2.

Protecting Your Child From Capitalism

CCFC’s Allen Kanner shares how he protects his daughter from capitalism. His family has a TV-free house, they frequent locally owned businesses and markets, they simplify their lives, they ask relatives to give toys and clothes not produced by large corporations, and Kanner’s daughter is sent to a preschool attended entirely by children from TV-free homes. Kanner says his decision to have a TV-free home has had the biggest impact, detailing the affect that TV has on children and on creative play.

PSDD: Problem Solving Deficit Disorder

An exploration of the causes, impact, and cure of what CCFC’s Diane Levin calls “Problem Solving Deficit Disorder”; the condition in which children are no longer active agents of their involvement with the world. Beginning in infancy, children are bombarded with noise and electronic stimulation. This interferes with their ability to engage in play that promotes optimal development, learning, social skills, and conflict resolution.

Remote Control Childhood: Combating the Hazards of Media Culture in Schools

The process by which children learn is transformed by media in ways that undermine play, problem solving, active learning, and social development. This article outlines the history of what CCFC’s Diane Levin calls “remote control childhood,” and the multiple ways that children are affected—including sexualized behavior, violent behavior, and consumerism. Strategies for dealing with remote control childhood are outlined.

Sages for Sale

For 2000 years, Hillel the Elder’s profound teaching, “If I am not for myself who will be for me? If I am only for myself what am I? If not now when?” has been associated with a call for social action and responsibility. Today, Frito Lay is using it to sell Doritos. This article explores the hijacking of this teaching, and details why children should not be marketed to.