April 25, 2011: More than ever, our efforts to reclaim childhood from corporate marketers are gaining significant and widespread media attention. With your help, CCFC is the driving force behind a much-needed national conversation about the commercialization of childhood. Take a look at what happened in just ten days!
On April 11, CCFC’s director Dr. Susan Linn was featured in “Parents decry marketers who push sexuality on little girls” in USA Today.
On April 12, our Federal Trade Commission complaint against Your Baby Can Read was the subject of an Associated Press story syndicated in hundreds of newspapers and websites around the country.
On April 13, our FTC complaint was featured on the Today Show.
On April 15, CCFC’s Associate Director Josh Golin and CCFC member Megan Keller were featured in a New York Times story about school bus ads.
On April 16, Susan was interviewed in the Boston Globe about Morgan Spurlock’s new hilarious and disturbing film on product placement, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
In the days leading up to the start of Screen-Free Week on April 18, there were stories about the week in dozens of newspapers and countless blogs, from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat to the Vancouver Sun to the Rockford Register Star.
On April 21, the Boston Globe weighed in on our Your Baby Can Read complaint, calling CCFC “admirably vigilant on matters of deception.”
And that same day, a front-page article in the New York Times on Internet junk food advertising featured a quote from Susan—which the Times picked as its “Quotation of the Day.”
Together, our voices are powerful—and more than ever they are being heard. Help us continue to speak out for children and families. Your donations go directly to our advocacy—unlike the companies we target, we aren’t paying PR firms to promote our message. With your help, and only with your help, we will continue to make a difference. Please give and give generously.
Thanks so much for your support,
All of us at CCFC
P.S. We would have sent this out sooner—but we were celebrating Screen-Free Week. More on that soon.