New Bill In Congress Would Put Health Warnings On Video Games
This bill was presented to congress by California Congressman Rep. Joe Baca (D). The bill is titled “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009.”
[The bill] creates a new rule within the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which forces games with a Teen rating or higher to be sold with a simple warning label, reading: “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”
These are comments from Rep Joe Baca via press release about this bill.
The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers – to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products.
We must hold the video game industry accountable and do everything in our power to ensure parents are aware of the detrimental effects that violent games can have before making decisions on which games are appropriate for their children to play. I am proud to introduce the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009, and am hopeful my legislation can work to stop the growing influence of violent media on America’s children and youth.
Once again to save you from reading a long rant from me I will stop right after this coming up question. What do you think about this, good or bad idea?
After posting this I decided to add one thing to my statement. There has been no tie made between violent media and aggressive behavior. That claim is bogus!