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Quick link for Parents

  1. • What’s in that video game my child wants?

       ESRB ■  Gamespot  ■   Common Sense Media

  1. • How do game ratings work?  ESRB
  2. • How do I use the parental controls to limit what (or when) my kid plays?
  3. • How do I protect my child from inappropriate content on the Web?  OnGuard Online

Video Games, Violence, and Policy

■ See Dr. Olson on CNN (1-31-2013) and  C-SPAN (1-19-2013) 

■ Read Dr. Olson’s invited op-ed in The New York Times on the Supreme Court decision

About the Book   

In 2004, Drs. Cheryl K. Olson and Lawrence Kutner, co-founders and directors of the Center for Mental Health and Media (at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School), began a $1.5 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice on the effects of video games on young teenagers. In contrast to previous research, they studied real children and families in real situations

What they found surprised, encouraged, and sometimes disturbed them.

Coming to the project with no agenda except to conduct sound, responsible research, their findings conform neither to the views of the alarmists nor of the video game industry. In Grand Theft Childhood, Kutner and Olson untangle the web of politics, marketing, advocacy and flawed or misconstrued studies that until now have shaped parents’ concerns.