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Children view 45% less food-related advertising on children's TV programming than ten years ago, but most advertisements they see promote unhealthy products. These key findings come from a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity...

An academic study by the International University of La Rioja, published in the OBS Journal, found that on average toy manufacturers use less gender stereotypes in their advertising on social media than on TV or print. The researchers analysed ...

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has launched a new “Stop Targeting Kids” campaign on its website in a bid to enlist public support to force regulation on advertising directed at children of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS...

Health advocates have applauded the public consultation launched by the Government to assess stakeholders’ views on policy options to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food and beverage marketing. Health Canada sugges...

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour minister for social services and public health, sent a letter to UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to support a ban on ‘unhealthy’ food marketing to children across all media. The letter follows the C...

The Irish Data Protection Authority has opened a consultation to seek the views of interested parties on the statutory age of consent threshold (“age of digital consent”) to be applied in the case of information society services offered d...

On 21 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CCD), Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Public Citizen, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google, Disney’s Maker Studios and three other companie...

After a two year investigation, New York Attorney General announced on 13 September 2016 that Viacom, Mattel, JumpStart, and Hasbro's websites violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by allowing third-parties to collect ch...

Research published in independent media outlet Conversation claims that voluntary advertising codes regulating the marketing of fast food to children fail to protect them from “being manipulated by innovative online marketing, especially in soc...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal Obesity Reviews, researchers from McMaster University (Ontario) found that children’s extensive exposure to the marketing of food and beverage high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) increased...

In a new report entitled 'Who's Feeding The Kids Online?', the Irish Heart Foundation denounces the sophisticated digital marketing tactics used by major food and beverage companies on Facebook to target children and teenagers. An online survey...

According to a YouGov poll published today by Cancer Research UK, 74% of adults support a ban on ‘junk food’ advertising before 9pm, compared to 55% backing a tax on drinks with added sugar. The poll carried out online on 25 an...

A joint study by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calls for a ban on TV advertising for foods high in fat, sugar and salt ('HFSS') between 6am and 9pm, as well as to restrict the placement and content of online marketing communications of s...

In its annual report entitled “Children and Parents: Media and Attitudes”, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries (Ofcom), examined children’s use of different media and communicatio...

The results of a joint research project which looked at 1,494 websites and apps targeted at or popular with children were released earlier this month and highlight poor privacy practices. The monitoring exercise, conducted last May by the ...

In August, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act (DOPPA), which places restrictions on online marketing and advertising to children.  Unlike the federal Children’s Online Privacy Prot...

A study prepared on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology reviewed policies in place in 29 countries (all EU Member-States excluding Croatia, as well as Norway and Iceland)...

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has released new guidance for popular video bloggers (vloggers) promoting or advertising products or brands following complaints that their relationships with brands were not clearly displayed. CAP’s...

A recent study by academics from the University of Jyväskylä evaluated the “internet literacy” of a group of sixth-grade pupils and found that only 21% were able to recognise advertorial content, while 48% failed to adopt a crit...

Speaking at a marketing conference last week, Darran Garnham, chief commercial officer of Mind Candy, – the British company behind the popular online game Moshi Monsters - said that popular websites targeting children such as YouTube for Kids s...

On 14 April, Google announced the launch of a new programme called "Designed for Families," which will review apps and will label eligible ones on Google Play as family friendly. One of the conditions to earn the designation is to be free from intere...

According to news reports, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is looking at clamping down on brands using video bloggers (“vloggers”) “to hide the fact that their content is an ad”. The Head of British charity “M...

On 3 March, a distributor of digital content DEFY Media published its annual ACUMEN Report: Constant Content. The report, conducted in partnership with Hunter Qualitative and KnoWhy Research, aimed to uncover factors influencing Millennials&rsqu...

On 5 February, the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP), the co-regulatory body in charge of writing and maintaining the UK Advertising Codes, released a literature review on food marketing to children online as well as its response to the findin...

According to a new survey of 2,188 UK parents of children aged 4 to 16 commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), 70% of parents have been pestered by their children to buy “junk food” they have seen advertised on TV. 43% also sa...

On 12 November, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) released a report entitled: "Parenting in the Digital Age: How parents weigh the potential benefits and harms of their children's technology use" which reveals that while the majority of ...

In a report prepared for the Media Institute of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Federal Ministry for Family, the Elderly, Women, and Youth, the Hamburg-based Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research examined the advertising practices of the 100 most popu...

A survey for non-for-profit organisation Internet Matters found that children aged two to 16 years old were losing touch with “vital” life skills due to digital device overuse. 32% of parents blamed advertisers and marketers for encourag...

In an academic study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, Australian researchers found that the Facebook brand pages of popular food brands magnify the reach and personal relevance of the marketing messages, especially among a...

In its annual report released on 9 October entitled: “Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report”, OFCOM examined children’s use of different media and communications, and the role parents play in overseeing them. Interes...

The CEOs of some of the world’s leading food and non-alcoholic beverage companies, including Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Nestlé, have agreed on a new policy for responsible advertising to children. The commitments, created in conjunction ...

In a new study exploring how children use digital devices and the roles they play in their lives (“Me, My Selfie & I”), TV channel Nickelodeon reveals that 24% of UK children are so-called 'social sharers'. For this research, Nickelo...

Speaking at the Sugar Reduction Summit in London on 9 July, Labour Shadow Minister for Public Health Luciana Berger MP said that if elected at the next general elections on 7 May 2015, her party “will work to protect children from health risks&...

On 26 June, EU Kids Online, a research network focusing on children’s safety on the Internet, presented the findings of its latest research project at a meeting of the CEO coalition. The organisation’s representative, Sonia Livingstone, p...

The Obesity Policy Coalition called the Australian Food and Grocery Council Code a "sham" after nine out of 10 complaints they had lodged were dismissed. The group criticizes the Code for being too lenient in terms of the nutrition criteria used to d...

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents nearly 400 councils in England and Wales, is calling for “pop-up health warnings” to accompany the “advergames”, which it says are addictive and entice young children or...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) published its 2013 compliance monitoring report, revealing a 96.9% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. Since 2009...

A draft bill introduced in the State of Delaware Legislature on 18 March by Democrat representative D. Scott would require operators of a website, online service, online application, or mobile application directed to minors – or with “act...

New data released today shows that the 20 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative have significantly changed the way they advertise products to children on TV since 2005 in the EU. Overall, children are exposed to 31% less ads for EU pledge products ...

On 25 February, the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP) – the co-regulatory body in charge of writing and maintaining the UK Advertising Codes – and the advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – the self-regulatory organisation o...

Following a complaint filed by a consumer watchdog organisation, the highest German civil court, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof; "BGH"), has ordered the company Gameforge to amend an online advert for its online fantasy game "Runes o...

Children using cloud computing technologies at school are at risk of being tracked and profiled for online advertising purposes, according to a report by privacy campaign group ‘SafeGov.org’. The study, released on 24 September, fou...

On 26 August, a US federal judge in California approved Facebook’s $20 million settlement for a class action lawsuit filed by several advocacy groups over its “Sponsored Stories” feature – commercial endorsements of a facebook...

Last week, Apple released updated guidelines for developers which ban targeted advertising in children’s apps and bring its policies in line with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by disallowing d...

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by the Yale Rudd Center crticises the food and beverage industry for spending 'the bulk of its money' to promote ‘unhealthy’ products to children and teens, and calls on...

A new ASA survey commissioned suggests that the majority of young people are registering on sites using false ages. The original aim of the research was to understand better what ads children see when they use social media. It shows that advertisers...

On 8 July, during a panel discussion held in Washington on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s update of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), FTC representatives said that the Commission was planning to give additional guidance...

Research by the Wall Street Journal released on 27 June found that 28 out of 40 free popular child-targeted apps sent data to other companies that provide analytics services tracking the ways people use particular apps. The WSJ concludes that three ...

On 18 June, WHO Europe released a report entitled the “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013”, in which it urges policy-makers to tighten restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages hig...

A national survey of 1000 parents about online privacy in schools found that four in five Australian parents want a ban on data mining of student’s online activity to protect their children from online advertising. More than 90% of respondents ...

The National Strategy concerning Children and Adolescent for 2013-2016 plans to “reinforce control mechanisms and sanctions for TV programs during time segments targeting children”. The plan has already been approved by the Council of Min...

On 25 March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a 38-page guidance document of “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) based on amended rules that go into effect on 1 ...

On 29 April, the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) launched a new campaign calling on ministers to introduce statutory regulation restricting food and beverage advertising to children online. The organisation claims that ‘loopholes’ al...

In a letter sent to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Edith Ramirez on 23 April, nearly 20 privacy and children’s advocacy groups wrote that delaying the enforcement of the revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as requ...

A letter signed by over 50 childcare experts (academics, authors, MPs and charity leaders) and published in the Daily Telegraph on 11 April calls for an outright ban on advertising aimed at children under 11 years old on TV, magazines and websites or...

On 25 March, the Senate of the State of Maryland passed a bill to protect children's personal data online. The original proposal, introduced on 25 January by Democrat Senator John C. Astle, aimed to prohibit the use of children's personal information...

In a comprehensive report released on 4 March entitled “No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy”, a panel set up by the Ontario government recommends to ban the marketing of ‘high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, beverages and snacks...

On 7 February, the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG), a consultative body of the European Commission adopted an Opinion in which it calls for EU comprehensive policies covering all forms of marketing and advertising of “less healthy f...

On 26 December 2012 a new code of co-regulation for children’s food and beverage advertising (Codigo PAOS) has been signed by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency (AESAN), the Spa...

On 19 December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unveiled new rules strengthening children’s online and mobile privacy. The changes made to the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) roughly follow those proposed by the F...

“Advergames: It's No Child's Play”, a review of research released on 10 December by the Family and Parenting Institute, a British charity organisation, slams advertisers for using legal loopholes to target under 16s. It calls on the gover...

A survey of over 2000 adults finds overwhelming support for the basic principles of the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). A large majority of respondents in the survey (90%) expressed support for COPPA’s basic requireme...

A new study published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Advertising looks into behavioral patterns that trigger children’s responses to online advertising. The study investigates how scepticism to online ads, time spent ...

On 27 November the Spanish Health, Social Services and Equality Minister, Ana Mato, has announced a plan for a legislative package to fight against childhood obesity. The latest statistics show that more than 45% of the children aged between 6 and 9 ...

According to the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life (”Pew Internet Center”), 81% of teens’ parents say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can be learned abo...

The French Children's Ombudsman has put forward ten proposals to increase the protection of children in our increasingly technological world in an extensive report published on 20 November 2012, entitled “Children and screens: growing up in the...

On 15 November 2012,  the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) published the results of a study on “Consumer rights in the digital world”. The study analysed 52 websites for children and found that advertising on h...

Regulators will likely finish a long-awaited update to rules protecting children's online privacy by the end of the year, the head of the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Conference in Washin...

On 31 October, the French Advertising Self-Regulatory Organisation (ARPP) released figures highlighting industry’s good compliance to the 2010 ARPP’s food recommendations which aim to improve the quality of food advertising. While the re...

According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s said in a statement on 20 October that social networking features were removed from its online games in response to a complaint put forward to the FTC by a coalition of children’s advocacy, hea...

In comments sent recently to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social networking site Facebook asked the Federal agency to soften its proposal for a revision of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook asks the FTC to c...

A coalition of children’s advocacy, health and public interest groups* plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this Wednesday against several children’s websites** on grounds that they violate the Children’s...

On 1 August, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Importantly, the FTC proposes to extend the application of COPPA to third parties collecting personal data (including thr...

An academic article by K. Montgomery and J. Chester entitled: “The New Threat of Digital Marketing” calls for the development of safeguards through a combination of policy and self-regulatory activities addressing concerns raised by the u...

On 22 June, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University issued the second edition of “Cereal FACTS”, a report that looks at marketing practices of breakfast cereal manufacturers. Three years after its first edition, ...

On 9 June, the Norwegian Ministry of Health published a consultation on a draft regulation to ban the marketing of “unhealthy” food and beverages to children under 18 with immediate effect. Energy-dense food and beverages are defined as:...

On 7 June, Green Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale applauded Disney’s move to ban “junk food” advertising on its TV network and urged the Australian government to follow the same path: “If Mickey can do it, the Australian...

In February 2012, US social marketing agency EnviroMedia launched Leanwashingindex.com, a website allowing consumers to post, comment and rate health claims in marketing. EnviroMedia is responsible for creating the Greenwashing index – assessin...

A survey from the Irish internet watchdog Hotline.ie released on 13 March found that only 37% of parents have installed filtering software on their home computers, allowing them to block their children’s access to certain websites. In February...

In a new report entitled “Buying Children – How the food industry tempts children into wrong eating habits, misleads parents and denies responsibility”, published on 13 March 2012, German NGO Foodwatch criticises the nutritional com...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)’s 2011 compliance monitoring report reveals a 97.6% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. For this third ann...

On 19 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that consumer groups* have filed a complaint  with the Federal Trade Commission against PepsiCo/Frito-Lays urging it to take action and prevent future similar deceptive advertising ...

NGO Children's Food Campaign (CFC) claims in a report published on 7 September that the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal launched in March 2011 is ineffective and largely ignored by many big food companies. The report, entitled The Irr...

On 9 May, the Australian Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), along with other NGOs* called on Australian State and territory governments to adopt legislation restricting all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. ...

A report published in April by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the research published between January 2008 and February 2011 on food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents. It aims to assess, among other things, industry self-...

On 28 April, a US Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) published a draft of long-awaited nutritional standards entitled “Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts”. This development follows mounting f...

A report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on 28 March 2011 looks at “the impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families” and finds that the lack of understanding of online privacy issues and the influen...

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (8 February 2011), the UK Council for Child Internet Safety launched guidelines for moderating ‘interactive online services’ for children, including social networks, forums, online games, chat and ins...