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Mass Media: Violence

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed into links between the portrayal of violence in the media and instances of violence in society. (155294)

The Government recognise concerns about these issues and keep under continuous review the available evidence on the links between portrayals of violence in the media and violence in society. Most recently we have announced a review which will look at ways that parents can protect their children from exposure to inappropriate or potentially harmful content on the internet and in computer games.

Previously we have commissioned research from the University of Stirling on whether there is a link between video games featuring violence and violent behaviour in real life (available on our website). And our sponsored bodies have also commissioned research including, most recently, Harm and Offence in Media Content which was funded by broadcasters and the relevant regulators.