Video: Warning from Washington

Violence on television is harmful to children

Ever since a 1972 Surgeon General's report linked violence on television and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers, the subject has generated heated debate between activists who seek to limit television violence and critics who maintain that the evidence is still inconclusive. Last week the first part of a new report by the National Institute of Mental Health took a giant step toward settling the controversy. The two-year study, titled Television and Behavior: Ten Years of Scientific Progress and Implications for the Eighties, flatly states that there is now "overwhelming" evidence that "excessive" violence on...

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