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CCFC has filed written testimony in support of a bill which would ban junk food marketing in schools in Rhode Island. We suggested that they remove a loophole which would permit corporations to sell “lookalike” snacks—versions of junk foods like Doritos, Cheetos, and Pop Tarts with just enough fat, sodium, or sugar taken out to meet nutritional guidelines. But we were glad to join with Corporate Accountability International in applauding this effort to protect vulnerable kids from unhealthy marketing messages in schools. March 1, 2017Senate Committee on EducationState of Rhode Island General Assembly Testimony of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Corporate Accountability International in favor of Senate Bill...
On February 22, 2017, CCFC submitted testimony to the Maryland House of Representatives in support of House Bill 866, which would require the Maryland department of health to develop and implement health and safety guidelines and procedures for the use of digital devices in public school classrooms. This legislation will help ensure that schools use technology in ways that enhance learning without harming children.  Dear Chairman Kaiser, Vice Chair Turner, and Members of the Committee, Thank you for considering House Bill 866, "Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices." On behalf of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), I am writing to ask that...
You’ve probably heard this one: “Marketing tricks work to get kids to eat junk food, so let’s use them to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables!”  Some well-intentioned groups and individuals have jumped on that bandwagon—including Michelle Obama, who supported a campaign to use Sesame Street characters to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. A 2016 Cornell University study said decorating school salad bars with colorful banners and showing an enticing program on a TV monitor increased the number of students taking vegetables. News reports gobbled up the report as evidence that these tactics work, even though the study didn’t establish that the students actually ate more salads or address long-term impact—and they ignored...
Residents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island: we need your help! Can you visit your local school and let CCFC know about any food marketing on display? The food and beverage industry continues to target kids in school in an effort to cultivate the next generation of consumers. But schools should be safe zones, where kids can get a breather from the onslaught of food marketing and parents don’t have to worry that their children’s health is being undermined.  Last year, CCFC worked with the American Heart Association and Voices for Healthy Kids to advocate for legislation in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island which would have restricted the marketing of foods in schools. The bills did not make it...
The National Park Service (NPS) has ignored the hue and cry from the public and finalized Director’s Order 21, a policy which permits greater corporate presence and influence in our national parks. This is how the public spoke out: Over 215,000 people signed a petition hosted by CCFC, Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert program, and CREDO Action Alert asking the NPS to abandon plans to permit corporate sponsorships, naming rights, and branding in our parks; 78% of 345 public comments filed with the agency opposed the Order and asked the NPS to keep our parks as a refuge from corporate marketing; and A coalition of 66 health groups asked the NPS to abandon plans to permit partnerships with alcohol sellers and recognition of their products in...
Good news! On January 5, 2017, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill which would have allowed digital billboards to go up on public school property, subjecting vulnerable children to bright commercial advertising. We applaud Governor Snyder for putting the welfare of children first!  When we heard about Senate Bill 593, which would have allowed billboards on school property, we partnered with Scenic Michigan on a petition drive to oppose the measure. We were disappointed when the Michigan legislature passed the bill, but didn’t despair: We sent Governor Snyder the petition with signatures from 115 Michigan residents and a letter urging him to veto the bill. As we told the Governor, marketing does not belong on school grounds, where...
Years ago, when I was a young financial advisor in Philadelphia, a friend shared with me a simple idea for the holidays. He'd heard it from his in-laws, Sam and Trudy, who were concerned about the gift-giving extravaganza overtaking their family Christmas celebration--and especially the impact it was having on their grandkids.  Sam and Trudy's solution: counter the "it's all about me" focus with a simple act of gratitude.  In addition to one gift, each grandchild also received a "share check." The share check was for $25, signed by Sam and Trudy, and almost filled in. The line for "pay to the order of" was intentionally left blank.  The goal: each grandchild had to give the money away to a charitable cause they were passionate about.  And...
Lulu's 11-Piece Makeup Set by Pink Fizz!  The votes are in for the 2016 TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young children) Award, and Pink Fizz's skin-irritating, endocrine-disrupting makeup set -- marketed to girls as young as age three as the "the ultimate glam makeup collection in a box" -- took the title handily with 33% of the vote. The Game of Life: Empire was runner-up (17%), followed by the View-Master Batman: The Animated Series Virtual Reality Pack (16%), Shopkins Tall Mall Playset (16%), Pokemon GO (15%), and Play-Doh Hulk and Iron Man (2%)....
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, New Moon Girls makes the case for Lulu's Ultimate Makeup Set by Pink Fizz. Playing with makeup sold in a toy store shouldn’t endanger a girl’s health. But it does. That’s why New Moon Girls is nominating the Pink Fizz Beauty Essentials...
Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that stifle creativity, lionize brands, and promote screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC and our partners have selected six exceptional finalists for 2016. Below, Families Managing Media makes the case for Mattel's Batman VR Viewer. Trusted Reviews is calling 2016 “The Year of Virtual Reality.” But the question is: Should it be? Yes, VR is the newest technology in the toy market. VR toys...

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