Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that he plans to reintroduce legislation next week calling for a National Academy of Sciences study of the impact of violent content on children’s behavior.
In a statement praising President Obama’s plan to address gun violence, Rockefeller said that such a study would encompass video games and “violent video programming.” Although the initial version of his legislation, introduced in the last Congress, did not specify a type of video programming, the term could refer to both TV and the Internet.
In a statement, Rockefeller said, “I think everyone can agree that the impact of violent content on
our kids’ wellbeing is an important issue, and I’m glad this new plan will take
a close look at it. I am working hard in the Senate to make sure this
type of research – which I have strongly backed throughout my career – is
available to inform our work on gun violence. Next week, I plan to
reintroduce my bill to have the National Academy of Sciences study the link
between violent content and children’s behavior.”
Rockefeller’s proposal calls for the NAS to “examine whether violent video games/programming cause kids to act
aggressively or otherwise hurt their wellbeing, and whether that effect is
distinguishable from other types of media. It also would look at the direct and
long-lasting impact of violent content on a child’s well-being.” It calls for a report to be submitted to Congress in 18 months, as well as to the FTC and the FCC.
Rockefeller’s complete statement below: