There was an incident a couple of years ago in which Manchild became very attached to a box of Cap’n Crunch at the grocery store (even though he’d never tried/seen it before) and it was a trial of patience to pry it from his little fingers. I was – and am – grateful that the boys have never seen an ad for such things. I’m also grateful that, as far as they are concerned, McDonald’s is that place we got a hamburger once because we were with some friends. (Although for a day or so Manchild thought McDonald’s was a lemonade stand, an idea he got from an ad for sweet tea in the subway.)
But this article about childhood obesity and advertising to children made me wonder if we are doing enough to protect our kids from advertisers simply by not owning a tv. We definitely screen any movies or shows the boys watch on Youtube, and there’s not much we can do about the ads in the subway (almost none of which are actually aimed at kids). But I’m sure there are holes in our filtration system. I just hope they hear us when we talk about health and the reasons why we eat the way we do and why we make our food as much as we can rather than buying it processed and packaged already.
Is advertising to children something that concerns you? How do you handle/filter it?