Kidnapped: How Irresponsible Marketers Are Stealing the Minds of Your Children

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Overview

"I’ve been waiting a long time for someone inside youth marketing to expose the industry for its unethical and manipulative practices. Kidnapped does that and more: The scope of the ground it covers is encyclopedic; it captures the vulnerabilities of each stage of development; and, most important, it empowers parents by offering as many do’s as don’ts. This book is terrific!”

--Barbara F. Meltz, Parenting Columnist, The Boston Globe

Children Are Sitting Ducks in Today’s High-Powered World of Commercialization

According to the American Psychological Association, in 2004 alone young people were targeted with over $12 billion of advertising. Childhood obesity rates are skyrocketing, and children watch close to 1,000 hours of television every year, nearly 70 percent of which has some sort of sexual content. Almost 80 percent of the video games children play promote violence as a form of casual entertainment.

America’s children are under assault, according to Kidnapped: How Irresponsible Marketers Are Stealing the Minds of Your Children, by youth marketing pioneers Daniel S. Acuff, PhD, and Robert H. Reiher, PhD. Readers will learn insights on:

· 12 brain-based learning principles that guide child development

· 15 developmental “blind spots” that make children sitting ducks for advertisers and marketers

· The impact of repeated images of violence, sexuality, and substance abuse

In Kidnapped, parents and educators discover how to recognize and combat unethical practices, while retailers and marketerslearn how to provide healthier and more positive products and programs for our nation’s youth.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419505034
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Target marketing and children as "sitting ducks"
How Kidnapped can help
The crisis point
Working together to raise healthy children
1 The state of the state of being a kid 1
2 Classifying good, neutral, and dangerous products and programs 17
3 The three dimensions of development 47
4 The innocent years : birth to age three 61
5 The impressionable years : ages three to seven 85
6 The "rule-and-role" stage of development : ages 8 to 12 123
7 Early adolescence : ages 13 to 15 163
8 Late adolescence : ages 16 to 19 207
9 A call to action 229
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