Parents' Bill of Rights

Commercial Alert proposes a "Parents' Bill of Rights" to help parents combat the commercial influences that prey upon their children and that promote products and values of which parents do not approve.

The nine provisions of the Parentsí Bill of Rights would help right the balance between parents and the commercial culture and would enable parents to reduce the role of the latter in their childrens' lives if they so choose.

Take Action Now!

1) Click here to send emails in support of the Parents' Bill of Rights directly to your members of Congress.

2) Please make copies of the Parentsí Bill of Rights, and give or mail them to your members of Congress, state legislators and candidates. Ask them to turn the provisions into law. Distribute the Parents' Bill of Rights at day care centers, schools, churches, synagogues, coffee shops, grocery stores and other places where parents gather.

3) To find out who your federal and state lawmakers and candidates are, and how to contact them, visit Project Vote Smart and use the zip-code finder on the left side bar.

4) Call (503) 235-8012 to volunteer or to find out how you can help enact the Parents' Bill of Rights into law.

5) Click here to download Commercial Alert's fact sheet on how you can help enact the Parents' Bill of Rights into law.

More Information

News Releases

Commercial Alert Applauds Pediatriciansí Statement on Advertising to Children
Gary Ruskin | December 4th, 2006

Commercial Alert Praises Harkin Bill on Marketing to Children, Obesity
Gary Ruskin | May 18th, 2005

Statement on Marketing to Children
Gary Ruskin | March 16th, 2005

Congress Offers Legislation to Reduce Aggressive Marketing Aimed at Children
Gary Ruskin | July 22nd, 2004

Parents' Bill of Rights Seeks to Resoure Parents' Control Over Commercial Influences on Their Childr
Gary Ruskin | September 18th, 2002


Stop deadly corporate marketing to children
Gary Ruskin | June 24th, 2004

Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children
Gary Ruskin | September 30th, 1999

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External Links

Childhood Obesity: Public Health Crisis, Common Sense Cure
Ebbeling, Pawlak, Ludwig, The Lancet | 2002-08-10

Long Island Firm Sued for Tricking Students Into Providing Private Information
Eliot Spitzer | 2002-08-29

Schools Chosen Cure for Money Ills: A Sugar Pill
Richard Rothstein, New York Times | 2002-08-21

Study Ties Television Viewing to Aggression
Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post | 2002-03-29

Flap over fast-food ads: Do they target obese U.S. kids?
Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer | 2002-03-20

Snack Foods Become Stars of Books for Children
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times | 2000-09-22

Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation And Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries
Federal Trade Commission | September 11, 2000

Media Education
American Academy of Pediatrics | August 1999

Fast Food Restaurant Use Among Adolescents: Associations with Nutrient Intake, Food Choices and Behavioral and Psychosocial Variables
French et al., Int'l Journal of Obesity | (2001) 25, 1823-33