Concern has been expressed about the influence of violent television on behaviour since 1952, something that is not generally known. As violence infected other aspects of the entertainment industry, the concern has grown to outright alarm.

The "Research Links" page provides links to research documents and resources, and also links to advocacy organizations.  The "Action Agenda: A Strategic Blueprint for Reducing Exposure to Media Violence in Canada", is an excellent resource for Canadian activists (download it here), as is "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence" by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano, available through book stores or from Dave Grossman's web site at

Introduction to Misogyny in Popular Culture, September 2010, prepared by Valerie Smith (The Free Radical)

Action Agenda: A Strategic Blueprint for Reducing Exposure to Media Violence in Canada (2004)

Joint statement on the impact of entertainment violence on children and youth - from American medical and mental health associations, July 2000

Information on violent crime in Canada

Fact sheet: violent crime in Canada (2008)

2006 Crime statistics analysis: time for the truth

Violent crime up among Canadian youth: Statscan (2008)

Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (2007)

Improved trauma care is keeping homicide rate down (2002)

Poll finds media violence a crisis for parents (2005)

Decima Research poll shows Canadians want violent video games regulated (2004)

Canadian statistics on entertainment spending (2005)

Canadian Teachers' Federation study on media usage (2003)

AMA policy on violent video games - 2005

Video game violence raises heart rate and blood pressure (2004)

Screen violence tied to boys' aggression: study (2007)

Four studies on violent games (2004)

Video game violence fuels aggression: studies (2005)

Iowa State University study on violent video games and desensitization (2006)

Standing up against media violence (2006)

Remotely Controlled - book on TV research (2005)

Research on mirror neurons (2005)

Study links teen sex to TV sexual content (2004)

Research on wrestling: teenagers more prone to violence after watching wrestling (2001)

American Psychological Association - Violent video games can increase aggression (2000)

Statement of Ltd. Col. Dave Grossman to New York State Legislature (1999)

U.S. Surgeon General report links TV with real violence (2001)

Feeding their fears: let's pay attention to media diet we're feeding our kids (2003)

Study ties TV time to bullying (2005)

Schoolyard violence not just for boys anymore (2005)

Seventh Annual MediaWise report card on video games (2002)

Violence on Canadian TV growing, study says (1999)


Research documents & links

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Violent Video Games, Delinquency, and Youth Violence: New Evidence (October 2012)

Weighing the Evidence: Comparison of Two Amicus Briefs Submitted to U.S. Supreme Court Violent Video Game Case (June 2011)

Why Canadian crime statistics don't add up, by Scott Newark, Published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, February 2011

U.S. poll indicates most parents support a ban on sale of violent video games to minors (2010)

Canadian teens spend more than 7 hours a day on computer, TV and video games, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Study (2010)

Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture

Even "smart TV" harms baby brains (2009)

Study by pediatric neurosurgeons suggests car surfing is influenced by popular culture (2009)

University of Montreal study on youth screen time (2008)

Articles on sexual harassment and sexual assault against girls in Ontario high schools (2008)

Vanier Institute on the Family report on increase in children and youth exhibiting problematic behaviours (2007)

Vanier Institute on the Family study: Technology too much for parents (2007)

Presentation on media violence research to CAVA conference - October 25, 2021

Children Media Research and Advancement Act - U.S. (2006)

Media diet can affect children's health (2006)

Media is a public health issue say experts (2006)

MSU research on violent video games (2005)

APA news release on violent video games (2005)

Games prime brain for violence (2005)

Brain treats virtual violence as real violence (2002)

Physicians for Global Survival (Canada) - item on media violence (undated)

Media multi-tasking - Kaiser Foundation study (2005)

Harvard study shows ratings creep (2004)

Viciousness of youth violence is increasing (2003)

Early TV watching is damaging (2003)

Brain cells victims of video violence (2002)

TV violence study - 2002

Testimony of Dr. Michael Rich to Chicago city council re violent video games (2000)

Groups link media to child violence (2000)

Video game violence can have profound impact (2000)