APA Lauds Legislative Proposal to Study Influence of Violent Media on Children

APA sent a Feb. 20 letter of support (PDF, 48KB) for the Violent Content Research Act (S. 134) to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Rockefeller introduced this legislation to arrange for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children. The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to arrange with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct, and report the results of, a comprehensive study of whether there are connections between exposure to violent video programming and video games and harmful effects on children.