US congressman Joe Baca, a representative for the Democrats, has proposed a legislation that would see videogames carry a health warning label.
If the Videogames Health Labeling Act of 2009, co-sponsored by Frank R. Wolf were to pass all T and M rated games would have a label that would say something like: ‘Warning: Excessive exposure to violent videogames and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.’
“The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers – to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products,” said Baca.
“They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products.”
Baca cites studies from the Pediatrics Journal, University of Indiana, University of Missouri, and Michigan State University as proof that there is a “neurological” link between playing violent videogames and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers.
“We must hold the video game industry accountable and do everything in our power to ensure parents are aware of the detrimental effects that violent games can have before making decisions on which games are appropriate for their children to play,” said Baca.
“I am proud to introduce the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009, and am hopeful my legislation can work to stop the growing influence of violent media on America’s children and youth.”
Sounds like a good idea.