- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003

Books

• "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence," by Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano, Random House, 1999. The authors tackle the vast research on the subject of violence in entertainment media, including video games, and discuss possible links between exposure and behavior.

• "Trigger Happy: Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution," by Steven Poole, Arcade Publishing, 2000. This book takes a look at what makes a good game and explains what makes video games unique compared to other forms of entertainment.

Associations

• The National Institute on Media and the Family, 606 24th Ave. S, Suite 606, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Phone: 888/672-5437. Web site: www.mediafamily.org. This nonprofit organization strives to help families and educators maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of mass media on children through research, advocacy and education. It recently published the seventh annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card, available to parents, which covers accuracy of the ratings, ratings education, retail ratings enforcement and research update and includes a list of recommended games and games to avoid.

• Children Now, 1212 Broadway, fifth floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Phone: 510/763-2444. Web site: www.childrennow.org. Children Now is an independent, nonpartisan research and action organization that supports a positive media environment.

Online

• Center for Media Literacy (www.medialit.org) is a nonprofit educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources and is dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media content.

• The Parents Television Council is a nonpartisan group that offers private-sector solutions to restore television to its roots as a socially responsible entertainment medium. The Web site (www.parentstv.org) offers a comprehensive, information-packed section on video games.

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