Is Advertising To Kids Ethical
Is Advertising to Children Ethical
When did you last sit down on a Saturday morning and watch cartoons Did you pay any attention to the commercials that punctuated the hour?s entertainment If not, you should! According to a 1999 international survey conducted by Consumers International, children have become an increasingly important market for advertisers and therefore, not surprisingly, much television advertising is aimed at children. Because children are less able than adults to fully understand the intent of advertising or its persuasive techniques, they are less able to comprehend the validity of the information that they absorb. I believe that this is unethical, and that the practice should be either banned or carefully regulated.
What?s wrong with marketing to kids, you may ask The choices that children make about what products they spend their money on, and the influence they have on their parents? spending, can be detrimental to their health. You may be surprised by how much money that represents. According to a 1998 article in American Demographics, children?s spending in 2001 is estimated to each $35 billion (Zoll, 2000)!
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