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Chapter 2: Taking Charge of Your Health

Student Web Activities Lesson 3: Being a Health-Literate Consumer

Did you know that, as a teen, you are one of the hottest targets for advertisers? It’s true. Retailers compete fiercely for teens’ dollars, blasting you with ads that suggest their products will make you cool, attractive, or part of the “in” crowd. At this Web site, you can learn more about how retailers advertise to kids and how advertising affects children and teens..

Links to Explore:
Facts about Marketing to Children


  • Click on the link and read the fact sheet.
  • Then answer the following questions:

How much do retailers spend each year marketing specifically to American children?
About how many television commercials does the average American child see each year?
Why did a task force of the American Psychological Association (APA) recommend restrictions on advertising that targets children under the age of eight?
What percentage of 12-to-13-year-olds surveyed by the Center for a New American Dream said that they feel pressure to buy certain brands because their friends have them?
Identify one way in which advertising messages can harm children’s and teens' well-being.
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