August 23, 2018
CHILDREN AND SCREENS ENDORSES PROPOSED FEDERAL ACT FOR RESEARCHING MEDIA IMPACTS AS “AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD”
New bipartisan legislation would authorize and fund a National Institutes of Health program to study the effects of media on child development. Children and Screens supports this bill, but calls for technology and media companies to match the federal government’s proposed investment in this NIH effort.
Newly introduced federal legislation – the Children and Media Research Advancement (“CAMRA”) Act – calls for the National Institutes of Health to study how traditional and digital media affect infants, children, and adolescents; to fund such research by others; and to report to Congress on this subject. Long Island, NY-based Children and Screens, a leading children’s media health nonprofit, confirmed today that it has endorsed the CAMRA Act. Children and Screens’ founder and President, Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, called it “an important step forward in our effort to truly understand, and appropriately balance, the benefits and risks of media for all children.”
Children and Screens has long advocated for more NIH leadership in childhood media effects research. As Dr. Hurst Della-Pietra explained, “Promoting informed public dialogue about media health policy is an important part of our organization’s work. Last year, with input from experts in many fields, Children and Screens prepared and widely circulated a Policy Brief summarizing legislative priorities in this field. Staffers for two CAMRA Act co-sponsors, Sens. Markey and Schatz, were among those with whom we shared that Policy Brief. Children and Screens is pleased to see many of our recommendations reflected in their bill. Of course, a community of people and organizations called for this kind of legislation, and participated in its drafting and review. We look forward to working closely with them to define, pursue, and achieve our shared goals.”
Children and Screens announced the release of a special report describing what was currently known and what needed to be understood about the effects of digital media on toddlers, children and adolescents in the highly-regarded journal Pediatrics.
The Supplement was the result of a collaboration of more than 130 recognized experts in the field from a diverse background of disciplines, institutions and perspectives organized into 22 workgroups. Research spanning the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, pediatrics, sociology, anthropology, communications, education, law, public health, and public policy informed their work.
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