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Kids and Advertising: 5 Steps Parents Can Take to Fight Consumerism

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Get an Early Start

Children under 2 years old should avoid TV completely, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. But once your child’s old enough to tune in to the tube, start teaching him how to defend himself against the ad avalanche. Linn recommends saying simple things like, “That commercial seems to be telling boys that they should want to hurt people, and that’s not a good message.” He'll begin to question advertisements instead of just soaking them in.