NEW YORK (9-14-00)—Madison Avenue’s assault on the health and well-being of
children will no longer go unchallenged. On the heels of the Federal Trade
Commission Report which concludes that the entertainment industry intentionally
markets violence to children, the mobilization has begun to reclaim childhood.
While the advertising industry gathers at the Golden Marble awards to pat
themselves on the back for doing a great job of targeting children with highly
manipulative messages, a group of distinguished healthcare professionals,
educators, and child advocates will gather to alert the public to the dangers of
Intensive marketing harms children. It harms their health and sense of well
being. It compromises their safety and undermines their family life. In this era
of unprecedented and rampant exploitation of children as a consumer group, it's
time for people who care about kids to take a stand against an industry that
seeks to manipulate for profit our most vulnerable citizens.
PRESS CONFERENCE & PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION
Join a distinguished group of experts and child advocates as they present the
facts about how intensive marketing is harming today's children. Hear from Susan
Linn, Ed.D., Harvard Medical School; Diane Levin, Ph.D., Wheelock College; Alvin
F. Poussaint, M.D., Harvard Medical School; Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D., Lesley
College; Allen Kanner, Ph.D., Wright Institute; and Alex Molnar, Ph.D.,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
When: Thursday, September 14
Press Conference: Noon
Public Demonstration: Outside Grand Hyatt main entrance, 11:00am-2:00pm
Where: The Golden Marble Awards
Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City (42nd & Park)
Press Conference: Room #1401, Grand Hyatt Hotel
Public Demonstration: At 42
Children deserve a childhood free from a hyper-marketing environment which
incessantly bombards them with advertising. Children deserve a childhood in
which their physical and emotional safety is honored and respected by all—even
those whose job it is to sell them something.