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Unhealthy Food Marketing on Commercial Educational Websites: Remote Learning and Gaps in Regulation

Published:December 09, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.10.008
      The coronavirus pandemic has closed schools nationwide, and educational websites are an important component of the remote learning experience. Engaging, educational websites are also useful for parents in search of quality digital media to occupy their children while social distancing at home. However, many popular educational websites are advertisement (ad)-supported: A review of 551 children's educational websites showed that approximately 60% have ads or unclear policies around advertising, including policies on behavioral and contextual advertising.

      Reviews. Common sense education. https://www.commonsense.org/education/search?contentType=reviews. Accessed October 23, 2020.

      For food companies, this offers an unparalleled opportunity to access children online and to market unhealthy foods.
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