Consuming Kids: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

Thanks for another wonderful summit! Read all about it here.

Summit Schedule

The summit schedule is now available! Click here to see the amazing presentations our speakers have in store.

Event Summary

Are you outraged by what’s marketed to children these days—junk toys, junk food, violent media, sexualized clothing? Do you believe it's wrong that corporations have so much influence on children’s lives? Do you think children need more play time and less screen time? Do you want to do something about it? 

Come to CCFC’s 8th annual Consuming Kids Summit in Boston on March 21-23, 2013. Learn. Network. Meet and mingle with today’s leading scholars, activists, and researchers—and people like you who believe that children should be nurtured, not manipulated for profit. Find out what you can do to stop the commercial exploitation of children.

This year’s summit features an amazing array of speakers, including many—like  advertising legend Alex Bogusky, the Praxis Project’s Makani Themba, and Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies—who will be presenting for the first time at a CCFC summit. We’re also thrilled to welcome back old friends like Tim Kasser, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Diane Levin, and Michele Simon. Click here to learn more about our presenters.

Outline of Events

Thursday Night: Opening Reception with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, at 7:30
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Keynotes by Alex Bogusky and Dr. Michael Rich, plus panels and workshops.
Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Keynotes by Makani Themba and Dr. Diane Levin, plus workshops and a closing reception.

Click here for the detailed tentative schedule.

Registration Rates

Includes breakfast and lunch Friday & Saturday
Regular: $220
Student: $100
One-day: $120

What People Say About CCFC Summits

"This summit was a life changing experience! Before it, I knew that our children are being inundated on a daily basis by disempowering, detrimental images -- which is why my passion lies in transforming our media system into one that can be nurturing and empowering. However, the critical piece, as I discovered through attending the Summit, is community. Change is impossible without it. And CCFC has brought together an incredible group of educators, activists, scholars, parents and concerned citizens who are constantly working towards a commercial-free world for kids. Through this passionate, intelligent (and funny!) group, my own commitment to this cause has grown even more and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.” - Rachell Arteaga, grad student, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Thank you again for a most amazing weekend filled with laughter joy and insights…I am still wowed by everything I learned this past weekend at my very first CCFC conference…I cannot and do not want to imagine a future where I would need to raise my children without the help of CCFC…By supporting CCFC I want to do my part to ensure that I will always have a resource upon which I can turn.” - Julie Meyers, Lawrenceville, NJ

"After this conference, I felt inspired and ready for action. There were so many great ideas for how to make a difference and I couldn't take notes fast enough." - Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, New York, NY

"This is really my favorite conference of all the ones I attend. Every single speaker I heard was excellent. I like the summit because it is small and filled with impressive people--both presenters and attendees--whom I can 'hang out with' throughout the conference." - Blakely Bundy, Executive Director, The Alliance for Early Childhood


Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 5:00pm


Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA