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Avoiding Viagra, Cialis Ads Not as Hard as It Used to Be

Some parents want to avoid the big embarrassment of discussing the little blue pill. Credit: Toby Talbot, AP
Parents who get all hot and bothered when their little ones see commercials for erectile dysfunction drugs can take a little blue chill...
Parents who get all hot and bothered when their little ones see commercials for erectile dysfunction drugs can take a little blue chill pill.

Britain's Conservative Leader Seeks Clamp Down on Advertising for Kids

The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says his party would go beyond what the ruling Labour Party is doing to clamp down on advertising involving children. Leaders of the Labour Party met with leaders of Britain's Advertising Standards...

Four Ways to Curb Your Child's TV Snacking

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior examines how food advertising aimed at kids may play a large role in why so many Canadian children are carrying extra weight. Researchers at the University of California found...

We Like Our Kids, Except When We Don't

We've all been there -- the morning your kid refuses to get dressed for school, the time they mention "Mommy's mustache" in public, or worst of all, the dreaded grocery-store meltdown. This hilarious commercial is worth the wait for the punch...

Burger King Ad Inappropriate for Kids?

If you've seen this new Burger King ad, nobody could blame you for being confused. Are they trying to sell phone books or sponges or what? And did the King just mention something about booty? The ad is actually pushing a new Sponge Bob kid's...

Are Educational Toys Just Commercial Products In Disguise?

The Scholastic Book Fair has stood the test of time. Just about every school has one -- not to mention those monthly Scholastic Book Club brochures you find crumpled in your child's backpack. Some things have changed, though. Over the past year...

Cheetos encouraging kids to "stick it to The Man"

My five -year-old loves Cheetos; when he gets the chance to choose a treat, he will skip past the cookies and candy in the grocery and beg for a bag of the orange-covered corn puffs. Usually I oblige, but lately I've been rethinking that, not so much...

The two sides of Chester the Cheetah

The cute orange cheetah used to market the tasty delights that are Cheetos has a dark side. During daytime television, he continues to push crunchy snacks on youngsters with his well-rehearsed charm. At night, however, he's encouraging adults to use...

On the offensive against advertising

We've tried to limit the kids' exposure to television ads by only letting them watch commercial-free channels, but that seems nigh impossible these days. Even the venerable PBS has what seems like fifteen minutes of ads between shows. How persuasive...

Subtle advertising to kids

I work in advertising, so I don't necessarily think that it's the devil. Sure, it can be misleading, but so can people, situations, book covers and intersections in big cities. It's just a fact of our sometimes grimy existence. I do have a somewhat...

Do you hate the holidays?

Well, perhaps HATE is too strong a word. How about "severely dislike?" How about "diametrically opposed to?" How about...just sick of them...already??? About three weeks ago I was walking back to work after running an errand at lunch and I...

What are the good non-commercialized movies for kids?

We live in a movie house, or well, we did before we had kids. I enjoy movies much more than I do television shows, to an extent. (As I've found with my husband and his sister, there is such a thing as too many movies watched.) My main problem with...

Princess Peach Nintendo commercials: this mama loves 'em

All of a sudden, everyone's talking about Princess Peach. Yesterday I was immediately struck - in one of those amazed, pleased, warm-and-fuzzy ways - when I saw that the commercial, with beautifully-gowned "princesses" running through an...

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