Read Up for Workplace Conversations on Apps & Babies

Last week, the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission against two developers of apps for young children, Fisher-Price and Open Solutions. The complaints allege that both developers’ marketing claims about the educational benefits of their apps are unsupported, unethical, and illegal.

Needless to say, this formal complaint has spurred lots of conversation in libraryland about apps and babies. We here at Little eLit believe that this issues of apps and babies is not a clear-cut issue, and we’re seeking to read as much as we can about this particular topic so that we can have informed, thoughtful, and–hopefully–productive discussions. Here’s our current reading list:

Read first: “Advocates Urge FTC to Stop Deceptive Marketing of ‘Educational’ Baby Apps” by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Aug. 7

Some news coverage of the CCFC complaints:

Responses to the CCFC complaints:

You may also be interested in checking out librarian Emily Lloyd’s response to the CCFC complaints, which we posted here yesterday.

Do you know of additional articles or research studies you think should be included in this list? Please share in the comments.

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About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on August 11, 2013, in Literacy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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