Help Us Stop the Deceptive Advertising of Baby Apps
On August 7, CCFC filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against Fisher-Price, charging that the company falsely markets its popular tablet and smart-phone apps for babies as educational. Fisher-Price claims that its mobile apps will teach babies skills and information—including words and numbers— but doesn't offer any evidence to back up its claims.
Time with tablets and smart phones is the last thing babies need for optimal learning and development and may even be harmful. Research links infant screen time to sleep disturbances and delayed language acquisition, as well as problems in later childhood, such as poor school performance and childhood obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends discouraging screen time for children under two.
Please urge the FTC to stop app developers from deceiving parents by signing the petition below. If you've purchased baby apps from Fisher Price, please indicate that in comment field.
Please note: an earlier version of this petition include app developer Open Solutions. As of August 12, however, the company has removed all educational claims from its promotional materials and CCFC has withdrawn that complaint.