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Showing posts from March, 2017

BBC Reporting Recommended Videos on YouTube Pose an Issue for Children

The BBC is reporting that when it comes to recommended videos on YouTube there is a real issue. It has reportedly discovered that thousands of these recommended videos, which appear to be popular children's cartoons like Peppa Pig and the characters from Disney's Frozen, contain disturbing and violent content not suitable for children. To read more about this, click here to visit the BBC's article.

Google Family Link App Allows Parents to Make Accounts fro Kids Under 13

Google is changing the game with "Google Family Link," an app that allows parents to create special Google accounts for children under 13. Not only does the app allow parents to create the accounts but it provides easy access for monitoring. The program is currently only available in the US and is only available if you have an invitation. For more information, check out Google's blog to learn more.

Senator Seeks Answers from Spiral Toys Following ‘CloudPets’ Data Breach

Senator Bill Nelson asked Spiral Toys' to provide specific details about the company's security practices after it was reported that hackers repeatedly gained access to databases containing sensitive customer information including that of children.

For more information, check out this article in the Washington Times.

CARU Supporters' Council Meeting March 14, 2017. Save the Date!

CARU is hosting a Supporters' Council Meeting on March 14, 2017.

Supporters will have a chance to discuss current and emerging issues.

The event will be held at Reed Smith's New York office (599 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022) starting at 11:00 a.m. EST. Breakfast will be served at 10:30 a.m.

We will also be hosting the event remotely at the same time from Reed Smith's offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago. There will be a call in number as well. Please contact Jay Black at or (212) 705-0111 to register.

We look forward to seeing you there.

CARU Attends Toy Fair 2017

CARU got a sneak peek at the toys your children are going to be playing with this year. Toy Fair is produced by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), a not-for-profit trade association and is hosted annually in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. Each year hundreds of toy companies attend and CARU views the latest toys as part of our goal to ensure that advertising to children is truthful and accurate.

CARU was able to watch demonstrations of new robotics, toys connected to mobile apps, virtual reality devices and even interactive holograms. But don't worry there are also toys that encourage kids to move and be active as well as some of our favorite retro toys that are being reintroduced and updated for a new generation.