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ERIC Number: ED060670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-24
Pages: 7
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Statement Before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications.
Abbott, William S.
The Surgeon General has stated that the time is here for action, and that the data is sufficient to justify actions. A clear and present danger of the effects of televised violence on children has been demonstrated to us all. The Foundation To Improve Television is presently before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a Petition for Rule-Making to have the FCC add a section on violence and horror television (TV) programs curtailing such programs during typical children viewing hours. Despite the First Amendment to the Constitution, the FCC has the authority and the responsibility to regulate the amount of violence and horror portrayed on TV because of its duty to act in the public interest and protect public health. There is sufficient evidence now to support the finding that the portrayal of excessive violence on TV is inimical to the mental health of our children. Television has immense potential for reaching children, and the Foundation will continue to encourage positive programing while fighting broadcasting that is harmful to children. (SH)
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Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission; Surgeon Generals Report on Television Violence