Sending Office: Honorable Jamie Raskin
Sent By:
Lauren.Doney@mail.house.gov

Supported by: Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Charter Communications, Twitter, the Internet Association, Lego Group, Ion Media, Litton Entertainment, 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), Dr. Michael Rich (Director, Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital), Family Online Safety Institute, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, and the Center for Humane Technology, Education Development
Center, Trisha Prahbu (CEO, ReThink), Dr. David Greenfield (Founder and CMO, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction), National Parent Teacher Association, Dr. Ellen Wartella (Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication, Northwestern
University)

Dear Colleagues:

Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 1367, the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA Act), bipartisan and bicameral legislation that will help us understand how the dramatic changes we are living through in technology and media are affecting
the physical and mental development of children. 

This bill authorizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a comprehensive research program on technology and media’s effects on infants, children, and adolescents in core areas of cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. It authorizes
$15 million for this research for fiscal years (FY) 2020-2022 and $25 million for FY 2023 and 2024.

Research establishes what we all know—that children’s use of technology has increased dramatically in recent years. Everyone knows that teenagers spend vast amounts of time on computers and mobile devices, but a 2017 report finds that children under the
age of nine years old spend 48 minutes a day on mobile devices, up from 15 minutes in 2013. Similarly, 42 percent of children eight years old and younger have their own tablets, a major increase from seven percent 2013 and a mere one percent in 2011.

Although we know that children are spending more time with technology, we know very little about the consequences of this increased exposure on their cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Some studies have linked prolonged time on-line with
childhood depression. 

The CAMRA Act would empower researchers to study the relationship between children’s increased use of technology and their developmental and emotional health. Please join us in supporting this crucial research. 

For more information or to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact Lucy Shaw (Lucy.Shaw@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Raskin’s office or Tyler Haymore in Rep. Budd’s office (Tyler.Haymore@mail.house.gov).

                                                            Very truly yours,

                                    Jamie Raskin                                       Ted Budd

                                    Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

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