December 2017

Support CCFC this holiday season; Register now for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network conference; Resources for the holidays; Campaign Corner; CCFC schools the FTC on student privacy; Action Network Webinar: Screen Time & Family Relationships; Recommended Reading

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In This Issue:

  • Support CCFC this holiday season
  • Register now for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network conference
  • Resources for the holidays
  • Campaign Corner
  • CCFC schools the FTC on student privacy
  • Action Network Webinar: Screen Time & Family Relationships
  • Recommended Reading 

Support CCFC this holiday season

2017 was an incredible year for CCFC: AI doll My Friend Cayla was pulled from shelves, the NFL ended fantasy football for kids, and the LA Unified School District banned McTeacher’s Nights. We launched the Children’s Screen Time Action Network. And we had one of our most visible and important wins ever when Mattel canceled its plans for Aristotle. 

None of this could happen without you. You know that the commercialization of childhood isn’t inevitable, and that when we stand together, we win. Help us keep winning in 2018 and beyond by making a tax-deductible gift before the end of the year. 

Register now for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network conference

Registration is now open for the very first conference dedicated to reducing children’s screen time! Join us in Boston on April 20 & 21, 2018, to hear from experts, practitioners, and advocates developing real-world strategies for helping families reduce device use. Make new connections, hear the latest research, and most importantly: learn what works! Space is limited and early-bird pricing is available, so register now.

Resources for the holidays

Whatever your cultural traditions, it’s hard not to get swept up in the shopping frenzy of the season. That’s why we love the Simplify the Holidays resources from our friends at New Dream – especially 15 Tips for Commercial-Free, Fun-Filled Holidays, featuring ideas from CCFC!

Looking for more tips on making the holidays less about stuff? Check out this great piece in the Washington Post. And if you are doing any last-minute shopping for kids, remember: don’t buy any connected toys!

Campaign Corner 

Child-targeting marketers only ratchet up their game at the holidays, which means little rest for CCFC staff. This month, we led a coalition of 25 organizations and experts demanding that Houghton Mifflin pledge to not run ads for junk food on their in-school Channel One News broadcasts – and the company agreed. (Next stop: removing all ads from broadcast!)

We also put the pressure on Amazon to stop selling spying doll My Friend Cayla, something their retail peers did earlier this year after our international campaign. And just this week, we called out the New York Times for its highly commercialized new “Times for Kids” section. Five of the 16 pages in the November edition were full-page ads for Google Home Mini that were designed to look like puzzles – a sneaky and verboten way to get kids to pay attention to marketing . . . and nag their parents for a data-slurping device. We’re asking the Times to cut all ads from future editions of Times for Kids. Watch this space for updates!  

CCFC schools the FTC on student privacy 

CCFC’s David Monahan was a panelist at a Student Privacy and Ed Tech workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Education on December 1. David explained that as more education and school record-keeping has been moved to digital and the cloud, parents’ rights to protect their kids’ privacy hasn’t been preserved. He asked industry and school districts to truly bring parents into the discussion about privacy protections, and urged the FTC and DOE to bring enforcement actions against companies that don’t adequately protect student records. You can watch the panel discussion here – and then you can download our Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy for free!

Action Network Webinar: Screen Time & Family Relationships

On January 10, 2018, join Dr. Richard Freed for a free webinar about helping families unplug and reconnect. Screen Time & Family Relationships: Helping Parents Restore Connection is the first webinar from CCFC’s Children’s Screen Time Action Network, and is ideal for physicians, teachers, school staff, mental health counselors, librarians, and other child advocates working with families. Click here to learn more and register

Recommended Reading