Sending Office: Honorable Jamie Raskin
Current cosponsors (85):
Representatives Barragán, Beyer, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Boyle, Brownley, Budd, Bustos, Carbajal, Cardenas, Casten, Castor, Cicilline, Yvette Clarke, Cohen, Cuellar, Susan A. Davis, Dean, DeFazio,
DeGette, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Doyle, Garamendi, Grijalva, Haaland, Harder, Hayes, Higgins, Himes, Horn, Huffman, Jayapal, Hank Johnson, Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Lacy Clay, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Andy Levin, Mike Levin, Lieu,
Lofgren, Lowenthal, Luján, Matsui, McEachin, McGovern, Meadows, Morelle, Moulton, Neguse, Norcross, Holmes Norton, O’Halleran, Panetta, Peters, Pocan, Porter, Blunt Rochester, Rose, Ruiz, Rush, Ryan, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schrier, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott,
Sewell, Shalala, Soto, Speier, Suozzi, Swalwell, Thompson, Tonko, Trahan, Trone, Watson Coleman, Wagner, Welch
Supported by: American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Center for Digital Democracy, Common Sense Media, Lego Group, Sesame Street, 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, American School Counselor Association, School Social Work Association of America, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Center for Humane Technology, Education Development Center, Child Mind Institute, National Association
of School Psychologists, 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), Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Charter Communications, Twitter, the Internet Association, Ion Media, Litton Entertainment, Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit)
With more than 95% of Americans under stay-at-home instructions in the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools and families have turned to on-line technology to continue children’s education and also to maintain broader social and family connections. But, as computers
assume an ever more central role in work, play, school and social life, parents are eager to help their children find the right balance between screen time and other activities and to understand both the promise and perils of an on-line childhood. This is
a matter of pressing importance in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 in technology and media are affecting children’s physical and mental development.
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 that children’s use of technology has sharply increased in recent years. Everyone knows that teenagers spend vast amounts of time on computers and mobile devices, but a 2017 report found 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 age eight and younger have their own tablets, a major increase from seven percent in 2013.
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 online with
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.
Very truly yours,
Jamie Raskin Ted Budd
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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