Rockefeller reintroduces violent media act
January 29, 2013 ·
As conversations on Capitol Hill continue in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced today that he reintroduced his bill which would instruct the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent content.
The Violent Content Research Act
of 2013 specifies that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) would conduct a
comprehensive study investigating the effects of violent video games and video
programming on children. The bill hopes to ascertain whether or not such media
causes kids to act aggressively or has any other harmful effects.
Rockefeller says fully examining
how violence in the media affects our children’s well-being will help make sure
Congress is doing everything it can to address violence in our communities.
The NAS would also be asked to
recommend areas for future research and would be required to submit a report on
its investigation within 15 months to Congress as well as to the Federal Trade
Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Department of Health
and Human Services.