Bill Calling for Study of Violent Games Has Died; May Revive by Month’s End
A bill introduced in Congress after the Connecticut shooting that called for a study into the effects of violent video games and other media on children died when the 112th session ended on January 2.
Originally introduced on December 17, 2012, the bill called for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children. Namely:
- Whether there is a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children.
- Whether there is a connection between exposure to violent video programming and harmful effects on children.
The bill asks the group to examine whether violent video games cause children to act aggressively or causes cognitive harm to children, have a disproportionately harmful effect on children already prone to aggressive behavior, or have a harmful effect that is distinguishable from any negative effects produced by other types of media.
The bill’s author, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, plans to reintroduce the bill during this session, likely by the end of the month, a staffer at the senator’s office told Polygon. If the bill passes, it would be the eighth such study conducted by the FTC since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. None of the previous seven found any link between violent video games and violence in children.