ERIC Number: ED414052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Protection from Violent Programming Act. Report of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on S. 363. Senate, 105th Congress, 1st Session, Calendar No. 182.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Senate Bill 363 is designed to protect American children from the harm caused by viewing violence on television. The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require that violent video programming be limited to broadcast after the hours when children are reasonably likely to comprise a substantial portion of the audience, unless it is specifically rated on the basis of its violent content so that it is blockable by electronic means specifically on the basis of that content. This report on the Bill provides background information on television violence and details the legislation. Section 1 of the report addresses background and needs for such legislation. Section 2 describes the historical Congressional concern over the amount of violence on television. Section 3 summarizes research on television violence and violent behavior, while section 4 addresses the growth of television violence. Section 5 presents anecdotal evidence of the effect of television violence. Section 6 provides a summary of the response by the television community, including: (1) public service announcement; (2) common television code; (3) warning labels; and (4) industry-proposed ratings system. Section 7 provides response to the industry's proposed ratings system. Section 8 provides summary information on actions taken in other countries. Section 9 discusses the issues of constitutional analysis. The final sections describe the legislative history of this bill. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.