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Pols pump kid-media study

Bill would devote $90 mil over five years to research

WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) teamed up with two major critics of Hollywood on Capitol Hill Wednesday to call for new federal research on the impact of all types of media — television, computer games and the Internet — on children’s physical and psychological development.

Clinton joins Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) in backing the Children and Media Research Advancement Act. Bill would devote $90 million over five years to establish a program within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development aimed at studying the role of digital, analog and print media on “cognitive, social, emotional, physical and behavioral” development of children from infants through adolescents, according to a summary of the legislation.

“From television to movies to the Internet, children today are exposed to more media more than ever before,” Clinton said in a statement. “Parents need to know what effects such exposure has on their children, particularly very young children.”

The legislation would establish a research program on Children and Media within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and would authorize $10 million in the first year, $15 million in the next two years and $25 million in the final two years.