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Facebook: Do not target kids 12 and under

Unless we act now, children as young as 6 could soon be targeted by Facebook’s marketing machine. The social networking giant for teens and adults is considering lowering its current age restrictions to allow accounts for children 12 and under. It’s a terrible idea. Facebook’s business model is predicated upon marketing and data collection practices that will, by their very nature, exploit young peoples’ well-documented developmental vulnerabilities. That’s why CCFC is working with a broad... Read more...

Protect Colorado Student's Privacy

Update: As of 11/13/13, Education Commissioner Robert Hammond announced Colorado has become the 6th state to pull out of inBloom. The Colorado Department of Education plans to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information without even obtaining parental permission. Colorado is one of five states committed to planning to share personal student data with inBloom, Inc. a corporation funded by the Gates Foundation. This information—... Read more...

Let's Celebrate MOM's!

We’ve all been there. It’s the end of a long day. We’re wheeling our young child through a grocery aisle gauntlet of cartoon characters beckoning from boxes of food we don’t want to buy. She demands an offending product. Maybe we say no despite her nagging. Maybe we give in. Whatever we do, our day is that much harder because corporate marketers—using one of their most powerful weapons: the media icons beloved by young children—have injected themselves between us and our kids. But it doesn’t... Read more...

Protect Massachusetts Students' Privacy

Update: As of 3/11/14, Massachusetts has no plans to move forward with inBloom. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. Massachusetts is one of five states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores,... Read more...

Tell Rahm Emanuel: No Coke Ads on Residential Recycling Bins

If we don’t act now, the steady erosion of ad-free personal space and the escalation of unavoidable marketing will get a lot worse.  This week, the City of Chicago announced that Coca-Cola will donate 50,000 blue bins for household recycling. Sounds generous, but it’s really a cleverly disguised purchase of advertising space. In exchange, the bin lids will feature images of Coca-Cola products.   It’s great that Chicago is expanding its recycling services, but residents should be able to... Read more...

Protect Illinois Students' Privacy

Update: As of 2/25/14, the state board announced that Illinios has no plans to move forward with inBloom. The Illinois Department of Education plans to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information without even obtaining parental permission. Illinois is one of five states committed to planning to share personal student data with inBloom, Inc. a corporation funded by the Gates Foundation. This information—including... Read more...

Protect North Carolina Students' Privacy

Update: As of 8/01/13 North Carolina has become the 5th state to pull out of inBloom. The North Carolina Department of Education plans to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information without even obtaining parental permission. North Carolina is one of five states committed to planning to share personal student data with inBloom, Inc. a corporation funded by the Gates Foundation. This information—including your child’s name, home... Read more...

Tell United: No Media Violence on Overhead Screens

A family encountered a common problem recently on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore—they felt the in-flight movie playing on overhead screens was inappropriate for their young children. United was showing Alex Cross, rated PG-13 for “violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.” The film features “a homicide detective (who) is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled... Read more...

2013 School Bus Ad Action Center

The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. Currently, only Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico allow advertising on the exterior of school buses. Some others allow ad inside school buses. But more states are considering overturning their long-standing prohibitions on school bus ads in a misguided attempt to solve their budget deficits. The financial plight of schools is extremely worrisome, but... Read more...

Tell the MPAA: Stop the Marketing of Violence to Young Children

The tragic shootings in Newtown have shined a spotlight on video game violence, but violent media is marketed to children long before they encounter Call of Duty. Since 2008, thousands of parents and the staff of the Federal Trade Commission have joined CCFC in calling for the Motion Picture Association of America to stop companies from marketing violent PG-13 movies to preschoolers. To date the MPAA has refused to act. We're pleased that MPAA chairman (and former senator) Chris Dodd... Read more...

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