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Josh Golin is the Associate Director of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood.

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Did the CEO of Big Mac Tell a Whopper to His Shareholders?

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald's, was having a rough week. The day before, more than a thousand people had staged a raucous protest at McDonald's headquarters to demand higher wages. Now, as Thompson addressed shareholders at his company's 2014 Annual Meeting, a determined group of mothers from

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These Apps Will Not Educate Your Baby

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:04 PM

Last Wednesday, my organization, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against two leading developers of apps for babies. These complaints are the latest in our ongoing advocacy to stop the false and deceptive advertising of baby media; our prior efforts led Disney...

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Dad's Not Lovin' It Either

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 3:40 PM

I am a father who passionately cares about the health and well-being of my child, and of all children. As the associate director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), I work to protect kids from predatory corporate marketers. I know all too well how corporations undermine parents'...

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Save the Lorax: Shun the Stuff

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 6:04 PM

Universal Studio's animated film The Lorax opens in theaters on March 2. 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...

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Vote Now for Worst Toy of the Year

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Back by popular demand: The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's 3rd annual TOADY Award. Who will win this year's dreaded TOADY? It's up to you! Check out the nominees below and then click here to cast your vote.

Each year, the Toy Industry Association of America presents its...

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The Best Reason to Skip the Footloose Remake

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 1:23 PM

You probably don't need another reason not to see the latest version of the Footloose, which opens in theaters this Friday. After all, do we really need to remake every piece of pop culture for which we have the slightest tinge of nostalgia? If you liked the original, it's easy...

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Channel One Promotes "Not Safe For School" Pics in Schools

(10) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 6:19 PM

If you're one of the 5.5 million students in a school with Channel One News, you have to watch ads every day as part of your taxpayer-funded class time. And one thing you'll see is ads for websites operated by Channel One's parent company, Alloy Media and Marketing....

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Nickelodeon Admits SpongeBob Not Fit for Preschoolers

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 4:21 PM

A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia finds that watching SpongeBob SquarePants has a negative influence on preschoolers' executive functioning. Children who watched nine minutes of the show scored significantly worse on assessments designed to measure memory and problem-solving skills than children who watched a...

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Commerce... and Other Scholastic Satires

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 5:27 PM

Scholastic, the nation's largest purveyor of school-based book clubs and book fairs, bills itself as the "most trusted name in learning."

But lately the company has come under fire for its "InSchool Marketing" division -- a program that cashes-in on this trusted name by allowing corporations to create teaching materials...

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Marketing Earth Day (and Other Stuff) to Children

(5) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 12:03 PM

Have you done your Earth Day shopping yet? Between greeting cards, jewelry, mugs, and teddy bears commemorating the day, its roots in environmental activism have all but been forgotten. Now corporations use Earth Day to sell us on the belief that we can buy our way into ecological sustainability. We...

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