Some of the toy industry’s most powerful players are trying to hijack the Tooth Fairy. Until now, the Tooth Fairy was one of the few iconic children’s fantasy figures that escaped being captured, branded, and monetized. But shocking footage from a pitch to investors by Paul Yanover, CEO of Fandango and former Disney senior executive, [...]
The notion that instituting parental controls for Facebook’s underage users or creating a kid-friendly version will keep pre-teens off of the regular—or unrestricted—site is ridiculous. The 7.5 million children under the age of 13 who are lying to get on the site will continue lie with our without their parents’ permission. According to Microsoft research, only 35% of parents whose kids are on Facebook actually know about it.
Confessions of a Screen Addict About to Go Cold Turkey (almost) in Anticipation of Screen-Free Week: April 30-May 6Posted April 27th, 2012 by Susan Linn
The truth: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, playing Angry Birds on the subway. The justification: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, after a stressful day trying to change a world that wasn’t cooperating, unable [...]
Universal Studio’s animated film The Lorax opens in theaters on March 2. And environmentalists and people who care about children are already outraged—with good reason. For more than forty years, the Dr. Seuss classic has been a clarion call for reducing consumption and promoting conservation. But the book’s eloquent environmental message is being crushed by the film’s slew of corporate cross-promotions.
It’s been easy for people worried about the sexualization of little girls to feel unambivalently distressed about Miley Cyrus as Disney’s Hannah Montana. But how should we feel about her now that she’s made this great music video about Occupy protests around the world?
A Canadian couple’s decision to keep their infant’s sex from the world at large seems less weird when one consider’s the harms done by the marketing industry’s sexualization of young children
Let’s tell Big Food to stop acting like spoiled kids–and stop inciting real kids to nag for junk foodPosted August 17th, 2011 by Susan Linn
As Big Food tantrums about guidelines for food marketing to children a new study links advertising to nagging for junk food
Stuck for a whiz-bang college essay? Buy an experience! One more way commercialized culture robs kids of authenticity, creativity, and self-motivation.
The controversy brewing over a new breastfeeding doll soon to be sold in the United States reminds me of the bru-ha-ha about Teletubbies when Jerry Falwell accused Tinky Winky of being gay. People rightfully upset about homophobia came to the support of the show, misguidedly defending the goodness of Teletubbies—which was being marketed, falsely, as [...]
As advocates for deep change know, big success is often preceded by small incremental changes that may go unnoticed by the general public. It seems the effort to stop fast food companies from hawking toys to kids is gaining ground. I was watching Friday Night Lights recently (a great show if I don’t fret about [...]