SpongeBob Gets Squared Away by CARU

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The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (“CARU”) determined that the advertising, aired on Nickelodeon, for a new SpongeBob SquarePants DVD violated the CARU Advertising Guidelines prohibiting advertising placement of a product during the show that features the same characters. Nick was quick to remove the problematic ad placement, noting that human error was the culprit.

Advertisements placed during a show, or directly adjacent to a show, which showcase the subject of the show, tend to lead children to the conclusion that the character (in this case, SpongeBob) is endorsing the product. CARU believes this sort of advertising is unfair to children (and parents).

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