Sens. Mike Johanns and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) introduced
legislation Thursday directing a federal study into the possible impact violence in
movies, television and video games could pose to children.
order to have an honest discussion about violence and how to best prevent it in
the future, we need to examine the underlying causes of these actions," Johanns
"Our kids are routinely exposed to movies, television and video games
that glorify violence and allow them to simulate violent acts," added Johanns. "This legislation
will allow us to study what, if any, impact this exposure has on our youth, and
if it encourages or desensitizes our children to the real-life consequences of
legislation directs the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communication
Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to work with the
National Academy of Sciences to investigate potential harmful effects exposure
to violent content could have on children.
study would specifically examine whether violent video games and media
programming cause kids to act aggressively or have other harmful effects.
Finally, the study would examine what, if any, unique impact violent video game
trends have on children, specifically with respect to their interactive nature
and vivid portrayal of violence.
report would be due 15 months after the legislation is signed into law.