Your voice is essential to our campaigns – here’s how you can help right now.
Tell Mark Zuckerberg: No Instagram for kids!
CCFC is leading a powerful international coalition of 100 experts, advocates, and organizations in calling on Facebook to abandon its plans to create an Instagram for children.
The many 10- to 12- year-olds already on the main Instagram platform are unlikely to migrate to a “babyish” version of the real thing. Instead, an Instagram for kids would draw in the millions of children without accounts, priming them to use the adult platform as soon as they turn 13.
Now more than ever, what children really need is time to play, learn, and socialize away from digital devices, not their own version of an app that is relentlessly focused on branding, appearance, and self-presentation.
Read our letter to Mark Zuckerberg, then add your name to tell Facebook: no Instagram for kids!
MATH GAMES SHOULD NOT MANIPULATE KIDS
Say No to Prodigy Today!
This year, almost every school in the U.S. has online learning as a part of its menu. Unfortunately, some platforms have taken advantage of families during the pandemic, exploiting parents’ desire to provide the best possible education for their children during this difficult time. Prodigy, a math game used by millions of students, parents, and teachers across the globe, is one of those platforms.
On February 19th, CCFC filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Prodigy. Our complaint, signed also by 21 partner advocacy groups, details how the game worms its way into schools by claiming to be “free forever” while actually putting relentless pressure on kids to nag their parents for an expensive Prodigy membership. In doing so, Prodigy commercializes education and amplifies inequities between students whose families can and cannot afford a premium membership.
And that’s not all. We’ve made it easy for families, educators, and administrators to take action by removing Prodigy from their programs. Use our list of 7 Reasons to Say No to Prodigy to spread the word to other parents, caregivers, and educators about the pitfalls of this “educational” app. Then, organize and get the word out! Our resource includes letter templates to ask your school to stop using Prodigy, social media shares, and more. We’ve made it easy for you to call for change in your community.
Advocate against edtech overuse
Parents and educators across the US are fighting back against edtech overuse and advocating for the screen-free class time that all students need and deserve. And with the Screens in Schools Action Kit, you can join them.