US Moves to Pull Plug on Violent Video Games for Minors

by Kamau High | Financial Times, London | May 8, 2005

“There is a growing movement amoung US states and municipalities – including Illinois, Michigan, Washington state and California”
that are considering laws to restrict minors’ access to violent video games.

“The effects of video games on children remain murky. For every testimonial about increased aggressiveness in children afer exposure,
the infustry points to studies showing no such adverse reactions.”

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, told the Financial Times, “We have and are collecting more data that indicates that video games
that contain and rehearse violence, teach kids violence. As informed consumers we should be aware how children are changed by games.”
Read the full article at Financial Times, London.

What About the Bullies?

by Buzz Durkin | Butokukai Newsletter | April 1, 2005

“It may be hard to work up sympathy for children who bully, but bullies themselves are often headed down a troubled path. If you think your
child might be mistreating other children, here are some suggestions:

  • Make it clear that aggression isn’t the only option.
  • Find the underlying cause of his behavior.
  • Ask yourself if your child might be imitating behavior he sees at home.
  • Monitor TV viewing and video games. CMCH Scientist Dr. Ronald Slaby says “Watch television, and you’d think violence is heroic, manly, funny, and without consequence.
    That’s a bad lesson for children to pick up, so set limits and oversee your child’s viewing habits.”

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Read the full article at Butokukai Newsletter.

So Much Media, So Little Attention Span

by Marilyn Elias | USA Today | March 30, 2005

As U.S. children are exposed to 8½ hours of TV, video games, computers and other media a day — often at once — are they losing the ability to concentrate? Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, weighs in on the discussion.
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Read the full article at USA Today.