Tell the MPAA: Stop the Marketing of Violence to Young Children

The tragic shootings in Newtown have shined a spotlight on video game violence, but violent media is marketed to children long before they encounter Call of Duty. Since 2008, thousands of parents and the staff of the Federal Trade Commission have joined CCFC in calling for the Motion Picture Association of America to stop companies from marketing violent PG-13 movies to preschoolers. To date the MPAA has refused to act.

TV for Kids Filled With Social Bullying, Study Finds

The authors of a new study find that 92% of the episodes they reviewed of the 50 most popular shows among kids aged 2 to 11 featured some form of "social aggression" -- on average about 14 incidents per hour. Physical bullying was present in roughly 80% of the shows they reviewed. These statistics are troubling to advocates for children, especially considering concerns over the rise of real-life bullying among kids.  Read more about the study here.

Media Violence

Research demonstrates that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values, and behavior, particularly in children. Yet media fraught with violence - including television programs, movies, video games, and music - are routinely marketed to children.   

Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy

An overview of empirical research on the effects of violent video games on children. How media-violence
exposure can increase the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. Violent Video Game Effects on
Children and Adolescents reviews the history of video games' growth, and explores public policy options
for controlling their distribution.

Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World

Based on early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s thirty years of researching children,
this book helps parents navigate through the media culture that is damaging children today. The book
provides advice on what toys are best for childhood development, techniques for resolving conflict, and
steps parents can take to create a safe and healthy environment for their children.

Beyond Banning War and Superhero Play: Meeting Children’s Needs in Violent Times

Why children are interested in war play, and why educators are concerned. It is important to both reduce the amount of violence that children see, and help children find ways to work out the violence that they do see. Includes suggestions for addressing violent play—including promoting imagination and creative play and encouraging children to talk about media violence.


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