Resources and Action Possibilities
From the May 2001 Newsletter
THE LION & LAMB PROJECT, 4300 Montgomery Ave., Ste. 104, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-654-3091. A wonderful resource, its mission is to stop the marketing of violence to children. They do this by helping parents, industry and government officials recognize that violence is not child's play and by galvanizing concerned adults to take action. They have a parent action kit, lists of negative and positive toys, a wonderful toy trade-in project, ideas for high schoolers, and a new AGENDA FOR ACTION, geared at prodding government action. A must resource in this whole area.
BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD. A VERY powerful, moving play (40 min., total) which was written after the school shooting in Oregon. The playwright is making the script available to all, for free (read and follow the conditions on the website). A follow-up discussion is crucial.
GROSSMAN, Lt. Col. David. Though he used to train our nation's youth to kill (via the military), David is now a dynamic speaker who works passionately to raise our country's consciousness about the dangers of violence in the media, especially the "murder simulator" games that millions of children and youth play addictively. He has co-authored Stop Teaching our Children to Kill and authored On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. A request to be put on his e-mail list will provide you with a wealth of updates about proposed legislation pertaining to media violence that could use public support, plus numerous examples of proof that the causal link between violence in the media and violence in our society is even stronger than the link between tobacco and cancer. CONTACT: e-mail: LtColDaveG@aol.com. For more information, visit the Killology Research Group.
MEDIA VIOLENCE WEB SITE. By Rob Schmidt, the site presents compelling research about the connection between media violence and violent behavior.
CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., #403, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 800-226-9494. This is a pioneering group, active since 1989, a geared to help adults and young people learn to use critical thinking skills in accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media. Their material is very workable and thorough.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MEDIA AND THE FAMILY. This is a national resource for teachers, parents, community leaders and other caring adults who are interested in the influence of electronic media on early childhood education, child development, academic performance, culture and violence. It is headed by Dr. David Walsh, Ph.D., 606 24th Avenue South, Ste. 606, Minneapolis, MN 55454, 888-672-5437. One of the most helpful features if KIDSCORE, an innovative content-based rating system that evaluates video and computer games, movies and television from a family-friendly perspective--GREAT RESOURCE!