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Your Baby Can Read's Deceptive Marketing

On April 12, 2011, CCFC filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Your Baby Can Read!, a $200 video series that encourages parents to put infants as young as three months in front of screens. The complaint is part of our ongoing campaign to support parents’ efforts to raise healthy babies by stopping the false and deceptive marketing of “educational” baby videos. Below are some of the false and deceptive advertising claims we cite in our complaint.

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Violent & Sexualized Games on Nickelodeon's AddictingGames.com

Below are images and descriptions of some of the highly sexualized and horrifically violent games on Nickelodeon's AddictingGames.com.  Nickelodeon promotes Addicting Games to children as young as preschoolers.  To urge Nick to stop promoting the website to children, please click here.  To learn more about CCFC's concerns -- and how Nick is finally starting to get the message,

Baby Einstein Update: We're making a huge difference

Our successful campaign to persuade Disney to give refunds to parents who purchased Baby Einstein videos has become a huge international story.  Media coverage includes a front page story in The New York Times ("No Genius in Your Crib?  Get a Refund"); stories on Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News; and articles in hundreds of newspapers throughout the

Channel One Peddles Prescription Drugs to Children

Advocates for children are demanding that Alloy Media and Marketing immediately remove ads for prescription drugs from its Channel One website. Channel One, the controversial in-school news program that makes viewing ads a compulsory part of the school day for grades six through twelve, was purchased by Alloy in 2007. As part of its user agreement with schools, Channel One has pledged not to market prescription drugs to its young audience. Yet ads for the prescription acne medications Differin and BenzaClin have been running on the Channel One website for at least the past week.

See What CCFC Members Wrote To President Obama

As the nation celebrates the first Mother’s and Father’s Days since the inauguration of President Obama, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is urging the President to launch a systematic review of the regulations on marketing to children to determine whether they offer adequate protection for twenty-first century families.   CCFC has launched an online petition appealing to the President as a father of two young girls who has spoken openly about his concerns about commercial messages that sexualize children, glorify violence, and encourage materialism.  CCFC will deliver the petit

2009 PG13 Movie Marketing to Young Children

In a letter dated September 29, 2009 from FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz, the FTC agreed to investigate the marketing plans for several films rated PG-13 for violent content.

Citing thousands of child-targeted promotions for a slew of violent summer blockbusters, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter on June 24, 2009 to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, urging the FTC to to ensure that PG-13 movies are not marketed to young children.

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