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  • Thank LEGO for Dumping Shell

    After a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its partnership with Shell. Lego’s stunning announcement comes just three-months after CCFC teamed up with Greenpeace to demand the toy world’s most popular toy company end its global co-branding campaign to promote Shell to children.

    Please take a moment to thank LEGO for doing the right thing for children and the environment.

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  • This Clown Doesn't Belong in Schools

    At the 2014 McDonald’s Annual Shareholders Meeting, CEO Don Thompson proclaimed, “Relative to our marketing, we have been marketing responsibly.” He later added, “We don’t put Ronald out in schools.”

    It’s great that Thompson acknowledged that “marketing responsibly” includes keeping Ronald McDonald out of schools. But his claim that McDonald’s doesn’t put Ronald into schools is simply not true. Regional McDonald’s websites actively promote Ronald McDonald’s availability for schools. Under the guise of promoting everything from reading to healthy lifestyles, Ronald regularly appears at preschools and elementary schools across the United States, and around the world.

    Please tell Don Thompson to keep his word and stop putting Ronald McDonald into schools.

    To learn more, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/clown-doesnt-belong-schools.

  • Tell LEGO: Don't let Shell pollute our kids' minds

    Update, October 9, 2014: Today, LEGO announced it will not renew its partnership with Shell. It’s a fantastic victory for anyone who cares about children . . . and the wellbeing of our planet. Please click here if you would like to thank LEGO for their decision.

    For the past two years, Shell and LEGO have partnered on a global advertising campaign that includes co-branded toys, billboards, celebrity endorsements, videos, and a full-size LEGO Formula One car. More than 16 million Shell-branded LEGO sets have been sold at gas stations in 26 countries, including Brazil, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Australia.

    Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it’s particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company whose environmental record and plans to drill in the Arctic are rightfully incurring an international barrage of criticism and challenges.

    Please tell LEGO to stop exploiting children by building brand loyalty to Shell.

    To learn more, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/lego-shell

  • Tell AT&T: No Multi-Screen Experiences for Babies

    As if urging parents to use television or tablets with babies isn’t bad enough, AT&T has partnered with BabyFirst to introduce the first-ever “second screen” experience for infants and toddlers. The BabyFirstTV U-verse app encourages babies to use an iPad while watching TV.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under two. When there’s no evidence that even one screen benefits babies, marketing a second one is unconscionable.

    Please tell AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson, to pull the plug on the BabyFirst U-verse app.

    Visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/att to learn more.

  • Tell the USDA: Schools should be commercial-free

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed new guidelines that could help limit junk food marketing in schools. It’s a laudable effort -- but there’s a problem. As written, the USDA’s guidelines inadvertently open the door for increased advertising and marketing in schools -- the first time any federal agency has done so.
     
    The USDA is urging schools only to limit junk food marketing. By attempting to set a ceiling that prohibits advertising for unhealthy foods, the USDA may set a floor that opens the floodgates for many other types of marketing in schools, setting a dangerous precedent that goes far beyond food.

    Please urge the USDA to encourage schools to prohibit all advertising by adding your name to the public comment below.


    Please note: Comments and signatures may be published on the USDA’s website.

    For more information, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/usda-commercialfreeschools

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  • Stand up for Student Privacy

    Technology is rapidly transforming education -- and leaving students vulnerable to unscrupulous marketers.

    A recent survey by Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Privacy (CLIP) found that 95% of school districts rely on cloud services for a wide array of functions -- and that most districts fail to adequately protect student privacy when using these services. Contracts between school districts and cloud service providers often place few limits on how the data can be used by vendors; fewer than 7% restricted the sale or marketing of student information.

    The tools our teachers use to educate students should not be used to compile marketing dossiers on who kids are, what they like, and how they’re vulnerable. That’s why we need comprehensive privacy protections for students in Massachusetts.

    Please take a moment to urge your state Representative and Senator to stand up for student privacy.

    For more information, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/studentprivacy

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  • Stand up for Student Privacy

    Technology is rapidly transforming education -- and leaving students vulnerable to unscrupulous marketers.

    A recent survey by Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Privacy (CLIP) found that 95% of school districts rely on cloud services for a wide array of functions -- and that most districts fail to adequately protect student privacy when using these services. Contracts between school districts and cloud service providers often place few limits on how the data can be used by vendors; fewer than 7% restricted the sale or marketing of student information.

    The tools our teachers use to educate students should not be used to compile marketing dossiers on who kids are, what they like, and how they’re vulnerable. That’s why we need comprehensive privacy protections for students in Massachusetts.

    Please take a moment to urge your state Representative and Senator to stand up for student privacy.

    For more information, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/studentprivacy

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  • Tell the Girl Scouts: Don't Partner with Barbie

    "Girl Scouts should be a safe place for girls to be who they are and not be fed images of corporate falsehoods on who they should be."  -- Christie Parker, Troop Leader

    The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s largest girls’ leadership development organization, received $2 million from Mattel to promote Barbie to young girls. The partnership includes a Barbie-branded website,  the first ever commercialized participation patch for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, and a Barbie Girl Scout Doll.

    Holding Barbie up as a role model for young girls is harmful and undermines the GSUSA’s vital mission “build girls of courage, confidence, and character.” Please join CCFC & Center for a New American Dream in urging GSUSA’s CEO Anna Marie Chavez to end this partnership and focus on providing enriching experiences for girls that foster healthy development.*

    Learn more: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/girlscoutsbarbie

  • No Ads on South Carolina Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The South Carolina legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on the exterior of school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    To learn more click here.

    Please take a moment to tell the House Committee on Education and Public Works and your representative to vote "No" on H. 4369

  • No Ads on Georgia Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Georgia legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on the exterior of school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    To learn more click here.

    Please take a moment to tell the Committee on Education and your representative to vote "No" on HB 811.

  • No Ads on New York Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The New York legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on the exterior of school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    To learn more click here.

    Please take a moment to tell the Committee on Education and your representative to vote "No" on S1587A.

  • No Ads on Missouri Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Missouri legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues and your representative to vote "No" on H.B. 224.

  • Tell Fisher-Price: No iPad bouncy seats for infants!

    There are so many awful screen products for babies these days, but the Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device is the worst yet. It’s a bouncy seat for an infant – with a place for an iPad directly above the baby’s face, blocking his or her view of the rest of the world. And because screens can be mesmerizing and babies are strapped down and “safely" restrained, it encourages parents to leave infants all alone with an iPad. To make matters even worse, Fisher-Price is marketing the Apptivity Seat - and claiming it’s educational - for newborns.

    It’s wrong to create a product whose very existence suggests that it’s fine to leave babies as young as newborns alone and with an iPad inches from their face. Please take a moment to tell Geoff Walker, Executive Vice President of Fisher-Price, to pull the plug immediately on the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat.

    To learn more, please visit: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/tell-fisher-price-no-ipad-bouncy-seats-infants

  • Shut Down HappyMeal.com

    For years, McDonald’s has been the worst-of-the-worst when it comes to marketing to kids. And at time when parents and advocates for children are urging junk food marketers to stop targeting children, McDonald’s advertising assault on kids is escalating. Its website, HappyMeal.com, is a leading online destination for kids, featuring ads for the latest Happy Meal toys, photo opportunities with Ronald McDonald, and games - all designed to make children into devoted and lifelong McDonald’s customers.
     
    All marketing to young children is deceptive, but it’s even more exploitative when advertisements masquerade as fun and games. Please tell McDonald’s to shut down HappyMeal.com.

  • 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.

    To learn more, visit: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/help-us-stop-deceptive-advertising-baby-apps

  • Save the Tooth Fairy!

    “Can you believe that a childhood character known by millions worldwide has not yet been licensed?”—The Real Tooth Fairies, LLC

    Until now, the Tooth Fairy was one of the few iconic children’s fantasy figures that escaped being captured, branded, and monetized. But that’s about to change. A group of past and present toy-industry executives have launched The Real Tooth Fairies, an effort to literally cash in on every tooth a child loses and “leverage and define this rite-of-passage moment.”

    The Real Tooth Fairies’ website and its slew of licensed merchandise commercialize an inevitable biological milestone, the celebration of which has always been the purview of family rituals. Branding replaces children’s own creations with homogenized, corporate-constructed images, constricting both imagination and cultural diversity.

    Please take a moment to urge Real Tooth Fairies’ stakeholders Paul Yanover, Marilyn Bollinger, and Howard Bollinger to call off their commercialized assault on childhood.

    For more on why the Real Tooth Fairies is so harmful to children please visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-linn/tooth-fairy-marketing_b_3600039.html

  • Facebook: Do not target kids 12 and under

    Media reports indicate that Facebook is considering modifying its current age restrictions to allow accounts for children 12 and under. Once on Facebook, children will become part of one of the Internet’s most expansive personal-data-collection and profiling platforms and will be exposed to highly persuasive and manipulative digital marketing practices. Facebook’s marketing will take advantage of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional vulnerabilities. And it’s not only the marketing that will be harmful. Younger children have not yet developed the maturity and judgment to handle the complexities of cyber “friendships” or grasp the potential consequences of sharing personal information online.

    Facebook isn’t safe for kids. Please tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to drop any plans to target kids 12 and under.

    For more information about this action, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/facebook-do-not-target-kids-12

  • Tell Colorado Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Unless we stop it, the Colorado Department of Education intends to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. Colorado is one of seven states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores, racial identity, economic and special education status, and even detailed disciplinary and health records—will be stored on a "data cloud” and shared with for-profit corporations, without any guarantee of safeguards.

    Thanks to sustained and widespread public outcry, Georgia and Louisiana have ended their relationship with inBloom. Please urge the Colorado State Board of Education and Commissioner Hammond to do the same.

    For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/coloradoinbloom.

  • Tell North Carolina Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Update: As of 8/01/13 North Carolina has become the 5th state to pull out of inBloom.

    Tell North Carolina Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Unless we stop it, the North Carolina Department of Education intends to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. North Carolina is one of five states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores, racial identity, economic and special education status, and even detailed disciplinary and health records—will be stored on a data “cloud” and shared with for-profit corporations, without any guarantee of safeguards.

    Thanks to sustained and widespread public outcry, Georgia and Louisiana have ended their relationship with inBloom. Please urge the North Carolina State Board of Education and Superintendent Atkinson to do the same.

    For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/ncinbloom

  • OLD PAGE - DO NOT USE!!! Tell Colorado Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Unless we stop it, the Colorado Department of Education intends to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. Colorado is one of seven states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores, racial identity, economic and special education status, and even detailed disciplinary and health records—will be stored on a "data cloud” and shared with for-profit corporations, without any guarantee of safeguards.

    Thanks to sustained and widespread public outcry, Georgia and Louisiana have ended their relationship with inBloom. Please urge the Colorado State Board of Education and Commissioner Hammond to do the same.

    For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/coloradoinbloom.

  • Tell Illinois Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Unless we stop it, the Illinois Department of Education intends to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. Illinois is one of seven states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores, racial identity, economic and special education status, and even detailed disciplinary and health records—will be stored on a data “cloud” and shared with for-profit corporations, without any guarantee of safeguards.

    Thanks to sustained and widespread public outcry, Georgia and Louisiana have ended their relationship with inBloom. Please urge the Illinois State Board of Education and Superintendent Koch to do the same.

    For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/illinoisinbloom

  • Let's Celebrate MOM's

    At CCFC, we often ask for your help in calling out companies that exploit children. But it’s just as important to support companies that do the right thing.

    In an unprecedented move, MOM’s Organic Market, a grocery chain in the Baltimore and Washington area, has voluntarily ended any and all marketing to children in its stores. MOM’s rid its shelves of products targeting children with cartoon-festooned packaging—dropping items ranging from Dora the Explorer frozen soybeans to Elmo juice boxes—and replaced them with alternatives in cartoon-free packaging.

    Will you join us in thanking MOM’s CEO Scott Nash? We’ll also share your thank you to MOM’s with leading grocery chains around the country to show how much support there is for companies that refuse to target children.

  • Tell Massachusetts Education Officials: Put Student Privacy Before Corporate Profits

    Unless we stop it, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intends to help corporations profit from schoolchildren’s most sensitive and confidential information. Massachusetts is one of seven states committed to participate in the development and pilot testing of inBloom, a Gates Foundation initiative. Student information—including your child’s name, home address, email address, test scores, racial identity, economic and special education status, and even detailed disciplinary and health records—will be stored on a data “cloud” and shared with for-profit corporations, without any guarantee of safeguards.

    Thanks to sustained and widespread public outcry, Georgia and Louisiana have ended their relationship with inBloom. Please urge the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Commissioner Mitchell J. Chester to do the same.

    For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/massinbloom.

  • Tell Rahm Emanuel: No Coke Ads on Residential Recycling Bins

    If we don’t act now, the steady erosion of ad-free personal space and the escalation of unavoidable marketing will get a lot worse.
     
    This week, the City of Chicago announced that Coca-Cola will donate 50,000 blue bins for household recycling. Sounds generous, but it’s really a cleverly disguised purchase of advertising space. In exchange, the bin lids will feature images of Coca-Cola products. 
     
    Real generosity doesn't come with a quid pro quo. Chicago families should be able to take out their trash without having to look at in-your-face Coke ads. And no city should enlist its residents to become advertisers without their consent. It’s an unprecedented commercial encroachment on private homes—and a dangerous precedent. That’s why, even if you don’t live in Chicago, you should tell Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that recycling bins should be commercial-free. 

    Image: City of Chicago recycling webpage

  • Tell United: No Media Violence on Overhead Screens

    Two parents traveling with young children on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore were concerned that their 4- and 8-year old boys were exposed to the in-flight movie Alex Cross, rated PG-13 for “violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.” The parents asked if the flight crew could turn off the fold-down monitor most directly in their line of view and were told it wasn’t possible. They asked that their request be relayed to the captain—and their trip took a significant turn for the worse. The captain announced the flight was being diverted to Chicago for "security concerns." And these were? The family. Who were questioned by law enforcement before they could board a new flight.

    Obviously not every family goes through an ordeal like this, but parents who travel with young children are all too familiar with being unable to escape from violent and/or sexualized in-flight films. And at 30,000 feet, there’s no opting-out. Please tell United Airlines to stop showing PG-13 movies on its in-flight overhead screens.


    Scene from Alex Cross

  • No Ads on Missouri Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Missouri legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues and your representative to vote "No" on H.B. 224.

  • Tell the MPAA: Stop the Marketing of Violent PG-13 Movies to Preschoolers

    The tragic shootings in Newtown have shined a spotlight on video game violence, but violent media is marketed to children long before they encounter Call of Duty. Since 2008, thousands of parents have joined CCFC in calling for the Motion Picture Association of America to stop companies from marketing violent PG-13 movies to preschoolers. To date the MPAA has refused to act. We’re pleased that MPAA chairman (and former senator) Chris Dodd is now saying that Hollywood is ready to take part in the national dialogue about violence. But we need more than words.  It is long past time for the movie industry to stop marketing violence to young children. 

    For more information, click here.

  • Tell the FTC: Stand Up for Children's Privacy

    The Federal Trade Commission has proposed new rules that empower parents to protect children’s privacy on the web and on mobile platforms. But the industries that profit from exploiting children online are lobbying hard to weaken the FTC’s proposal. That’s why the Commission needs to hear from you. 

    Currently, websites must obtain permission from a parent or guardian before collecting or using personal information from children under age 13. But these rules were written in 1998, and predate many of the today’s sophisticated data-collection and marketing techniques. The FTC’s changes will ensure that parents—not website operators, app makers, data brokers or advertisers—decide what information gets collected from their children.

    Please voice your support for the FTC’s changes by signing the petition below.

    For more information, click here.

  • No Channel One in Minnesota

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dr. Brenda Cassellius to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Minnesota, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Michigan

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Michigan, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Massachusetts

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Dr. Mitchell Chester to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Massachusetts, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Wisconsin

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Anthony Evers to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Wisconsin, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Maryland

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Maryland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian M. Lowery to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Maryland, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in West Virginia

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in West Virginia, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Louisiana

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Louisiana State Superintendent John White to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Louisiana, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Washington

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Washington, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Kentucky

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Kentucky, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Kansas

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Kansas, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Virginia

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia Wright to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Virginia, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Utah

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Utah, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Iowa

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Iowa Director of Education Dr. Jason Glass to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Iowa, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Texas

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Texas, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Indiana

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Indiana, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Tennessee

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Tennessee, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Illinois

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Illinois Superintendent of Education Dr. Christopher Koch to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Illinois, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in South Dakota

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge South Dakota Secreataryt of Education Dr. Melody Schopp to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in South Dakota, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Idaho

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Luna to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Idaho, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in South Carolina

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in South Carolina, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Georgia

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Georgia, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Pennsylvania

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Pennsylvania, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Florida

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Florida, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Oregon

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Oregon, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in the District of Columbia

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge District of Columbia State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in the District of Columbia, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Oklahoma

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Janet Barresi to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Oklahoma, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Ohio

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Ohio, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in North Dakota

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Wayne Sanstead to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in North Dakota, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in North Carolina

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson  to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in North Carolina, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Delaware

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Delaware Secretery of Education Mark Murphy to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Delaware, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in New York

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge New York Commissioner of Education Dr. John King  to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in New York, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Connecticut

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Connecticut, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Colorado

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond  to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Colorado, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in New Mexico

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in New Mexico, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in New Jersey

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in New Jersey, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in California

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in California, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Nebraska

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Nebraska Commissioner of Education Dr. Roger Breed to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Nebraska, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Arkansas

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Arkansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Arkansas, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Missouri

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris L. Nicastro to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Missouri, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Arizona

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Arizona, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Mississippi

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Mississippi, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Channel One in Alabama

    For nearly 25 years, Channel One News has been the nation’s most pernicious in-school advertiser, wasting taxpayer-funded class time by showing student-targeted commercials to a captive audience of schoolchildren. Now, the network is escalating its daily commercial assault on 5.5 million students by turning entire broadcasts into ads and by encouraging children to visit inappropriate and disreputable websites.

    That’s why CCFC is calling on state departments of education to investigate Channel One News. We sent a letter outlining our concerns about Channel One to every state superintendent or commissioner of education where the network has a significant presence. Can you take a moment to urge Alabama State Superintendent of Education Dr. Thomas R. Bice to conduct a thorough review of the costs and benefits of showing Channel One in classrooms?

    (If you do not live in Alabama, please click here to find your state.)

  • No Ads on California Public School Buses

    The commercialization of California schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The California legislature is considering S.B. 1295, which would overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell your Representative, the Senate Education Committee, and the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee to vote "No" on S.B. 1295.

  • No Ads on California Public School Buses

    The commercialization of California schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The California legislature is considering S.B. 1295, which would overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell your Representative, the Senate Education Committee, and the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee to vote "No" on S.B. 1295.

  • Tell the FTC: Stop Merck from Pushing Drugs on Kids

    On June 20, CCFC joined the Public Health Advocacy Institute and nine other organizations in filing a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Merck & Co., Inc. and Dreamworks Animation, LLC for unfairly and deceptively marketing Children’s Claritin® to kids.

    Packaging for Merck’s Grape-Flavored Chewable Children’s Claritin® allergy medication features characters from Dreamworks' new Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted movie, and each box offers “5 free stickers” to purchasers. While Merck officials claim the promotions are aimed at adults, it’s clear the company is targeting children. And to make matters worse, the same characters being used to promote Claritin® are being used to market Airheads candy and General Mills (Betty Crocker label) Fruit Snacks, creating the risk that children will confuse the medication with candy.

    Please urge the FTC to stop Merck from pushing over-the-counter drugs on children by signing the petition below.

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  • Tell Facebook: Do Not Target Kids

    Facebook, which has revolutionized marketing and transformed the social life of teens and adults, is looking to target children. It’s a terrible idea. Facebook isn’t safe for kids.

    Children are more vulnerable to advertising than adults, and they will be particularly susceptible to Facebook’s targeted ads and peer-to-peer marketing. In addition, they have not yet developed the maturity and judgment essential to handle the complexities of cyber “friendships” or grasp the potential consequences of sharing personal information. But if Facebook starts targeting kids, the pressure to join the site will be intense—to the detriment of their social, emotional, and cognitive development.

    Please tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to drop any plans to target kids under 13.

  • Tell PBS: Stop Selling Kids on Fast Food

    Last year, the popular PBS Kids show Martha Speaks entered into a 4-year agreement with fast food purveyor Chick-fil-A. The campaign, whose stated goals include to “reach children” and “drive brand preference and restaurant traffic,” includes 15-second ads for Chick-fil-A before and after Martha Speaks TV episodes; advertising on PBSKids.org; and in-store promotions at more than 1600 Chick-fil-A locations. In 2011, an astounding 56 million Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals were distributed in Martha Speaks co-branded bags.

    And in the hopes of attracting other sponsors looking to target children, PBS even nominated the Chick-fil-A promotion for a kids marketing award.

    PBS deserves tons of awards. But not for selling kids on fast food. Please take a moment to urge Paula Kerger (President and CEO of PBS) and Jon Abbot (President and CEO of member station WGBH) to end their Martha Speaks/Chick-fil-A partnership.

  • No Ads on California Public School Buses

    The commercialization of California schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The California legislature is considering S.B. 1295, which would overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell your Representative, the Senate Education Committee, and the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee to vote "No" on S.B. 1295.

  • Save the Lorax!

    For over forty years, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has been a clarion call for conservation. But now the book’s powerful message is in danger of being crushed by a real-life landslide of corporate greed.
     
    This Friday, Universal Pictures’ The Lorax arrives in theaters—with dozens of corporate tie-ins. While the story teaches children to conserve the earth’s finite resources, these partnerships use the Lorax to promote everything from Mazda’s CX-5 SUV, the only car with the “Truffula Seal of Approval,” to IHOP pancakes to Pottery Barn Kids furniture. 

    Please stand up to those who have hijacked the Lorax’s message and signing our pledge to shun all of the movie’s cross-promotions. (
    Click here for a list of the companies with which we’ll be sharing the pledge.) 

    Learn more about this campaign

  • No Ads on Philadelphia Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Indiana legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Senate Committee on Appropriations and your legislators to vote "No" on S.B. 226.

  • Stand Up for Kids' Online Privacy

    We have an important opportunity to help protect children’s and teens’ privacy online. The Do Not Track Kids Act will limit companies’ ability to track children on the web or through mobile devices and empower parents to protect their kids.  The legislation will:

    * Prohibit Internet companies from collecting personal information from anyone under 13 without parental consent, and from teens without their consent.

    * Prohibit companies from sending targeted advertising to kids and teens. 

    * Require websites to have an “eraser button” that allows parents to control their kids’ information, and teens to control their own information.

    Please take a moment to urge your representative to co-sponsor this legislation.  (For more information about the bill, or to call your representative, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/actions/donottrackkidscall.html.)

  • No Ads on Indiana Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Indiana legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Senate Committee on Appropriations and your legislators to vote "No" on S.B. 226.

  • No Ads on Missouri Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Missouri legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on and inside school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer. Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe. And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues and your representative and senator to vote "No" on H.B. 224.

  • Tell Nickelodeon: Stop Bombarding Preschoolers with SpongeBob

    A brand new study has found that watching SpongeBob SquarePants has a negative influence on preschoolers' executive function.  And now Nickelodeon has admitted the show was “expressly designed to entertain 6-to-11-year-olds” and never intended for younger children.  But if that’s the case, why does Nickelodeon promote the show extensively to toddlers and preschoolers through licensed products like sippy cups, toddler toys, bedding, clothes and Happy Meal promotions at McDonald’s?

    Please take a moment to tell Nickelodeon CEO Cyma Zarghami to shelve the SpongeBob preschool merchandise.

    Click here to learn more.

  • Tell Kmart: Stop Stealing Taxpayer-Funded Class Time

    Kmart is stealing from you. 

    This fall, Kmart will be advertising extensively on the in-school network Channel One News.  As if forcing students to watch TV commercials in school isn’t bad enough, Kmart will be using its in-school ads to promote “First Day 2,” a web-based series created by the retailer to promote back-to-school clothing.  In other words, Kmart is usurping school time, paid for by your tax dollars, to advertise its own advertising to a captive audience of schoolchildren.

    It's time to put advertisers on notice so we can end Channel One's reign in schools.  Please tell Louis J. D'Ambrosio, the CEO of Sears (Kmart’s parent company), to stop advertising on Channel One.  (To learn more about this campaign, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/actions/kmartchannelone.html.)

  • Tell Big Food CEOs: Stop Sabotaging Food Marketing Guidelines

    Government agencies led by the Federal Trade Commission have proposed voluntary guidelines for food marketing to children.  The guidelines are far from perfect—real regulation with enforcement mechanisms is the best way to improve the food environment for children—but they represent an important step.  The food and advertising industries are aggressively lobbying Congress to kill the guidelines.  Will you take a moment to write to the Big Food CEOs and let them know you won’t support companies standing in the way of this important effort to improve children’s health?  Click here to learn more.

    Your email will be sent to: Bernardo Hees, CEO, Burger King; Denise Morrison, CEO, Campbell Soup Company; Muhtar Kent, CEO, Coca-Cola Company; Jeff Mochal, ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Gary Rodkin, CEO, ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Michael Neuwirth, Dannon Company; Gustavo Valle, CEO, Dannon Company; Kendall Powell, CEO, General Mills, Inc.; John Bilbrey, CEO, Hershey Company; Mark Baynes, VP, Global CMO, Kellogg Company; Christopher J. Doherty; VP and Associate General Counsel Regulatory, Kraft Foods Global, Inc.; Neil Golden, Senior VP of Marketing, McDonald's USA. LLC; Scott Remy, Senior VP, Communications, Nestle USA; Indra K. Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo; Jennifer Mennes, Director of Media and PR, Post Foods, LLC; Jon Harris, Senior VP, Global Communications, Sara Lee Corp; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever.

  • Thank Scholastic for Cutting Corporate-Sponsored Materials

    After a 3-month campaign led by CCFC, Scholastic agreed to significantly cut back the production and distribution of corporate-sponsored teaching materials produced by its InSchool Marketing program.  It’s a great victory for children and anyone who believes in commercial-free education.  For more information about the campaign and Scholastic’s decision, please click here.  To send a note of appreciation to Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson, please use the form below.

  • Tell Scholastic: Stop Pushing Corporate PR in Classrooms

    Trusted children's publisher Scholastic is abusing its privileged position in schools. Scholastic’s InSchool Marketing division offers its services to corporations as a curriculum producer for hire.  Its mission is “to promote client objectives” and “make a difference by influencing attitudes and behaviors.” Scholastic’s clients have included McDonald’s, Cartoon Network, Shell, SunnyD, Nestle, Disney and the corporate-funded Chamber of Commerce.

    We know that Scholastic is listening right now. Bowing to pressure from members of the CCFC, Rethinking Schools, and environmental groups around the country, Scholastic has already agreed to stop distributing coal industry-funded teaching materials in elementary school classrooms.  But Scholastic’s commercialization of children’s classrooms runs much deeper than coal.

    So please, tell Scholastic: Stop pushing corporate PR in classrooms.

  • No Ads on New York Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The New York legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe--which is why the New York Association for Pupil Transportation opposes the legislation.  In addition, schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Education Committees, and your legislators, to vote "No" on A. 7701 & S. 3229.

  • Tell Scholastic: Stop Selling Kids on Coal

    Update: On Friday, May 13, Scholastic announced that it would stop distributing “The United States of Energy,” the controversial fourth grade curriculum paid for by the American Coal Foundation.  The materials were also removed from Scholastic’s website. Click here to read CCFC's statement.


    The coal industry, through the American Coal Foundation, has hired Scholastic to produce The United States of Energy, teaching materials designed to paste a smiley face on the world’s dirtiest form of energy.  Scholastic sent the materials to tens of thousands of 4th grade classrooms around the country.

    Teachers are told that the curriculum aligns with national standards because it teaches children the advantages and disadvantages of different types of energy.  But while the lessons do extol the advantages of coal, they fail to mention a single disadvantage.  Nothing about the Appalachian mountains chopped down to get at coal seams.  Nothing about the poisons released when coal is burned.  Nothing about the fact that burning coal is the single biggest contributor to human-created greenhouse gases.

    Schools should teach fully and honestly about coal and other forms of energy.  However, the materials produced by Scholastic are not genuinely educational; they are industry PR.  Please take a moment and join CCFC, Rethinking Schools,
    Greenpeace USA, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity in urging Scholastic to stop promoting coal in elementary school classrooms.  (For more information, please see this article from Rethinking Schools.)

  • Let's Stop Your Baby Can Read's Deceptive Advertising


    On April 12, CCFC filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Your Baby Can Read! for false and deceptive marketing.  The $200 video series encourages parents to put infants as young as three months in front of screens. Yet according to literacy experts who have examined Your Baby Can Read!, the program does not teach actual reading; at best, it’s memorization. Nor is there evidence that babies who watch the videos are better readers later on.

    In addition to conning parents out of $200, Your Baby Can Read! may be putting babies at risk.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under age two.  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. 

    Please urge the FTC to stop Your Baby Can Read from deceiving parents by signing the petition below.  If you've purchased YBCR, please be sure to indicate that in the comment box.

  • No Ads on Washington Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Washington legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education Chair Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, Vice-Chair Sen. Christine Rolfes and your legislators to vote "No" on S.B. 5220.

  • No Ads on Utah School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Utah legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell Senate Rules Committee Chair Sen. Margaret Dayton and your legislator to vote "No" on H.B. 199.

  • No Ads on Rhode Island School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Rhode Island legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the chairs of the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare; the House Committee on Municipal Government; the Senate Education Committee; and your legislators to vote "No" on H.B. 7079, H.B. 7185, S.B. 2183 and S.B. 2184.

  • No Ads on Oklahoma Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Oklahoma legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell bill Sponsors Senator Ralph Shortey, Representative Seneca Scott, and your legislators to vote "No" on S.B. 509.

  • No Ads on Ohio Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Ohio legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell Chair and Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and your legislators to vote "No" on H.B. 353 and S.B. 174.

  • No Ads on Kentucky Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Kentucky legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Senate Education Committee and your senator to vote "No" on H.B. 30.

  • No Ads on Idaho Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Idaho legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell House Education Committee Chair Rep. Bob Nonini, Vice-Chair Rep. Mack Shirley and your legislator to vote "No" on S.B. 1111.

  • No Ads on Florida Public School Buses

    The commercialization of our schools could get a lot worse in the coming months. The Florida legislature is considering overturning a long-standing prohibition on advertising on school buses.

    It’s terrible that schools today are struggling financially. But commercializing children’s education is not the answer.  Advertising on school buses will exploit a captive audience of students, turn schools into endorsers of products that may be harmful to children, and could make the buses less safe.  And schools that have experimented with school bus ads have found it hardly raises any money.

    Please take a moment to tell the Senate Education, Transportation, and Pre-K - 12 Appropriations Committees, as well as your Senator, to vote "No" on H.B. 19, S.B. 344 and S.B. 348.

    Your email will be sent to: Sen. Simmons. Sen. Montford, Sen. Detert, Sen. Dockery, Sen. Flores, Sen. Lynn, Sen. Ring, Sen. Siplin, Sen. Wise, Sen. Bullard, Sen. Alexander, Sen. Altman, Sen. Benacquisto, Sen. Bogdanoff, Sen. Latvala, Sen. Evers, Sen. Garcia, Sen. Gibson, Sen. Joyner, Sen. Norman, and Sen. Storms

  • Tell Disney: Stop Branding Newborns in Hospitals

    Disney is taking cradle-to-grave marketing to a new low, branding babies literally at birth.

    The company has hired Our365–a newborn photography service/marketing firm–to promote its new Disney Baby line in maternity hospitals around the country. Moms who request a newborn portrait during their hospital stay are pitched Disney Baby by their photographer, given a branded onesie, and encouraged to sign up for email alerts from DisneyBaby.com.  

    It is reprehensible for Disney to inject itself into the relationship between a mother and her baby at birth.  Please take a moment to tell Disney to stop its hospital marketing scheme immediately.

    Your message will be sent to:

    Robert Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company
    Norma Blatto, Chief Marketing Officer, Our365 (the company Disney is paying to do its maternity ward marketing).

  • Shape up, Scholastic!

    Are you tired of Scholastic exploiting its unique access to schoolchildren and marketing everything from sugary beverages to television programs to cleaning products and medications in classrooms?  Are you fed-up with “book” fairs and “book” clubs that are chock-full-of toys, videogames, and other commercialized fare? 

    CCFC receives more complaints about Scholastic than any other company.  So we created this page to help you communicate directly with Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson.  We’ll get a copy of every email that you send so we can follow up on your concerns. 

    Please be as specific as possible and you may want to change the subject line to reflect the content of your email.


    Scholastic marketing examples:

    Do you have a Scholastic marketing example you'd like to share? please scan and send it to ccfc(at) commercialfreechildhood.org.

  • Tell Scholastic: Stop the In-School SunnyD Sugar Spree

    Once again, Scholastic is abusing its privileged position in schools to market a product that undermines children’s well-being. This time, the company has partnered with SunnyD to market beverages of poor nutritional quality in preschool and elementary schools around the country.  The SunnyD Book Spree encourages teachers to urge their students to drink SunnyD in order to collect labels, and even to throw SunnyD parties in their classrooms -- all in exchange for 20 free Scholastic books. 

    Sweetened by both high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeners, an 8-ounce serving of SunnyD contains a staggering 20 grams of sugar.  It's shameful that, in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, Scholastic is exploiting its unique access to children and selling them on SunnyD.

    Please tell Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson to end his company's partnership with SunnyD.

  • Let's keep the Boston Common commercial-free

    Unless we act now, corporate advertising could soon be imposed on the Boston Common, the first and oldest public park in the nation.  According to The Boston Globe, Mayor Thomas Menino is testing public reaction to including ads on the Common.  All public parks should be free of advertising, but it is particularly galling to commercialize the Boston Common, which is steeped in history and is designated a National Historic Landmark.  If you believe that the Common should be off-limits to the commercialism that permeates nearly every nook and cranny of our lives, the Mayor and Boston City Council President Michael Ross need to hear from you.

  • Tell McDonald's: No Clobberin' Time for Preschoolers

    It’s hard to believe, but McDonald’s Happy Meal toys have hit a new low. 

    The fast food giant’s latest giveaway for preschool boys features eight Marvel comic action figures, including The Human Torch, a man engulfed in flames, and The Thing, which menacingly roars “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!” at the press of a button.   

    It’s bad enough to use junk toys to sell children on junk food.  But now, for preschool boys, a so-called happy meal at McDonald’s features the horrifying spectacle of a man on fire and a menacing figure that explicitly spurs them to violence.

    Please take a moment to tell McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner to immediately end this Happy Meal promotion.

    Learn more

  • Tell Food Lion to Pull the Plug on 3GTv

    This fall, Food Lion supermarkets will unleash 3GTv, mini-televisions attached to grocery store shelves running continuous commercials -- right next to the product being advertised.  If a test run in Maryland and Virginia is successful, other supermarkets are sure to follow Food Lion’s lead.  That's why, no matter where you live or shop, Food Lion needs to hear from you.

    Do you agree that families have a right to grocery shop without be forced to run a gauntlet of screens blasting commercials in every aisle?  Take a moment to tell Food Lion executive Carol Herndon to pull the plug on its grocery store TVs.


  • Tell Nick: Stop Promoting Violent and Sexualized Games to Children

    Since December, more than 9,000 of you have demanded that Nickelodeon stop promoting its Addicting Games website to children.  Nickelodeon recently removed links to AddictingGames.com from all preschool websites under its NickJr.com umbrella, including Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans, and Wonder Pets. But that’s not enough.  Nickelodeon continues to link to the website, which includes some highly sexualized and horrifically violent games, such as Naughty Classroom, Foxy Sniper, and Nancy Balls ("You can try to keep women out of congress, but it's going to be really difficult. Take their shoes away and collect guns. That's how to be a MAN.") from Nick.com and many of its other kids sites.  And Nick is actually revving up its promotion of Addicting Games to children.  On Saturday June 19th, Nickelodeon TV will air the Addicting Games Showdown at 10:00 AM – prime kids’ viewing time.
     
    Will you take a moment to thank Nickelodeon for removing the links to Addicting Games from Nick Jr. …and insist that they stop promoting Addicting Games to all children?

    Your message will be sent to the Nickelodeon executives listed below.

    Learn more > >

  • Stop the marketing of violent PG-13 movies to preschoolers

    Iron Man 2—rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence—is just the opening salvo in the movie industry’s annual summer assault on children.  So far this year, CCFC has found more than 2,000 advertisements promoting Iron Man 2 before 8:00 PM on the children’s networks Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Disney XD, and the Cartoon Network on shows like Jimmy Neutron, Pokemon and Garfield.  These include commercials for the film itself, as well as ads for Iron Man 2 toys and Burger King Iron Man Kids Meals that promote the film and foster the false impression that it’s appropriate for young children.  Children under age 12—including large numbers of children under 6—typically make up more than 50% of the audience for the commercials we monitored.  Last summer, during the same programming, CCFC found more than 5,000 ads promoting three violent PG-13 blockbusters— Star Trek; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Learn more >>

    Please take a moment to tell Nickelodeon, Disney, and the Cartoon Network to stop advertising PG-13 movies to young children. 
    Your email will be sent to the executives listed below.

  • PG-13 TEST
  • Tell Nick: "Naughty" Games Are Not for Children

    Nickelodeon, the children’s media empire, is promoting sexualized and violent video games to children as young as preschoolers. Its popular gaming website, Addictinggames.com, features games such as Soroity Panty RaidBloody Day (“Back alley butchering has never been so much fun. . . . How many kills can you rack?”) and the Perry the Sneak series, where gamers take the role of a peeping Tom trying to catch revealing glimpses of scantily clad and naked women.   Nickelodeon promotes, and links directly to, AddictingGames.com on Neopets.com, Nick.com and even on its Nick Jr. websites for preschoolers.  That's why parents selected AddictingGames.com as the worst toy of 2010.

    Please take a moment to tell Nickelodeon to stop promoting sexualized and violent videogames to young children.

    Your message will be sent to Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President, Digital, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group.

    Learn more > >

  • Tell the AAFP: Coke and Health Ed Don't Mix

    In the midst of an epidemic of childhood obesity, the American Academy of Family Physicians is partnering with Coca-Cola.  

    A child’s chances of becoming overweight increases by 60% for each serving of soda they consume a day.  Yet the AAFP is accepting a grant from Coke—which aggressively markets its sugary beverages to children in schools and on programs like American Idol—to “educate consumers” on the AAFP’s award-winning website, FamilyDoctor.org,  about the role Coke products “can play in a healthy, active lifestyle.”

    Families need honest information about soft drinks, not sugar-coated corporate spin.  That’s why a number of prominent physicians have already resigned from the AAFP in protest.

    Please tell the AAFP that health education does not go better with Coke.

    Your letter will be sent to Dr. Douglas Henley, Chief Executive Officer of the AAFP.