Sending Office: Honorable John K. Delaney
Cosponsor bipartisan legislation to study the impact of technology and media on children
House cosponsors: Delaney, Budd, Speier, Costello
Senate cosponsors: Markey, Sasse, Schatz, Blunt,
Bennet, and Collins
Endorsing organizations/individuals: Facebook, the Internet Association, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Center for Digital Democracy, Common Sense Media, Consumers Union,
Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, Dr. Jenny Radesky (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental Behavior, University of Michigan Medical School), Family Online Safety Institute, and the Massachusetts Association
for Mental Health.
We invite you to join us as cosponsors of H.R. 6590, the “Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act” – bipartisan, bicameral legislation to study the impact of technology and media on children.
Research indicates that children’s use of technology has increased dramatically in recent years. A 2017 report finds that children eight years old and younger spend 48 minutes a day on mobile devices, up from 15 minutes in 2013. Similarly, 42 percent of
kids eight years old and younger have their own tablets, a major increase from seven percent in 2013 and a mere one percent in 2011.
Unfortunately, the effects on our children of this increased technology use are not well understood.
The CAMRA Act authorizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a research program on technology and media’s effects on infants, children, and adolescents in core areas of cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. This research would
investigate the impact of exposure to and use of media such as mobile devices, computers, social media, applications, websites, television, motion pictures, artificial intelligence, video games, and virtual and augmented reality. The bill authorizes $15 million
for fiscal years 2019 through 2021, and $25 million for each of fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
Our children’s health and development are too important for Congress not to act. For more information or to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact Miya Patel (Miya.Patel@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Delaney’s
office or Alex Vargo (Alex.Vargo@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Budd’s office.
John K. Delaney Ted Budd
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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