Weekly News Round-Up (6/27/2011-7/1/2011)

July 06, 2011
Audrey Stokes Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
CATEGORIES Common Sense News

Common Sense Media searches the web daily for news addressing topics like online privacy, cyberbullying, digital ethics, social networking and more! At the beginning of each week, Common Classroom highlights some of the top news in this Weekly News Round-Up Post.

Americans love video games. 63% of us have a gaming console in our homes, and more than 90% of kids play games online. At Common Sense, we recognize the incredible opportunity that games present to engage and excite kids, and games’ potential to enhance learning, spark creativity, and foster global community. But we also believe that ultra-violent, M-rated video games should only be sold to adults, and that’s what we’ve been encouraging law-makers to support for more than five years.

This past week, a law that we have been in favor of was struck down by the U.S Supreme Court. We believe that the debate over this law has led to some important progress with regard to how video game companies self-regulate and promote violent video games. Here are a few articles that discuss this important decision:

What’s Next for Violent Video Games?

The Supreme Court ruled decisively Monday that a California law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional, ending a fight that spanned the better part of a decade. (Main Street)

With Supreme Court Decision, Video Game Outreach to Shift Focus

Good news for the video-game industry: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that banned the sale of violent games to minors, and punished those who sold them with $1,000 fines. (Media Bistro)

High Court OKs Sales Of Violent Video Games To Kids

“I think we definitely hit the industry over the head with a 2-by-4,” said James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a leading kids and media organization in the United States. “Over the last five or six years, the industry has become far more accountable and much more careful about selling those kinds of games to minors.” (

Supreme Court rejects ban on violent video games

James Steyer of Common Sense Media, a parents’ advocacy group, disagreed with the court’s First Amendment protection for video games, saying “This is a sanity issue, not a censorship issue.” (USA Today)

Learn more about Common Sense Media’s position on this law here and tell us: what do you think about this tricky topic?