Senator Frantz Supports Legislation to Study Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth Behavior

February 14, 2013

Hartford – State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) testified in support of legislation that would create a task force to study the effects of violent video games on youth behavior at a public hearing of the General Assembly’s Children Committee on Thursday, February 14th.

“In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, mental health experts have expressed concern over the effect of violent video games on children,” said Senator Frantz. “Whether or not these games desensitize our children to violence or lead to more aggressive behavior, I am proposing this legislation to ask the State of Connecticut to study this potential linkage to determine whether additional public policy measures can be put in place to prevent this potentially negative impact on our children.”

Senate Bill 260, An Act Concerning the Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth Behavior would create a task force to explore and identify potential links between violent video games and violent behavior in youths.

“At no expense to the state, this task force would assemble and review data on current and former studies about these potential links,” continued Senator Frantz. “If the task force determines that there is a connection, it would allow lawmakers to consider additional public policy changes and influence how parents and others deal with violent video games. All eyes are on Connecticut, and this legislation would be a good first step forward to understanding this critically important issue.”

Senator Frantz introduced the legislation in an effort to provide lawmakers with a comprehensive review of the potential linkage. During the public hearing, committee members expressed support for the measure, and the bill now awaits further action by the Children Committee.