Video games and young people: Access and rights - April 7, 2005

AB 1793 (Yee) calls for video game retailers to display signage notifying parents of the video game rating system along with information explaining the ratings. According to Assembly Member Yee, the intention of the bill is to “provide one tool for parents to help protect their children from overly violent video games.” Do violent video games contribute to aggressive behavior among young people? As a society, have we become desensitized to violence and, if so, what are the consequences of this? Would this bill be an effective tool for parents? Should government even be involved in what video games young people play or should it be left entirely up to parents and their kids?