Today, Congress released an omnibus spending bill that includes the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA).
We are delighted about this inclusion of CAMRA, which directs the National Institutes of Health to “develop a research agenda to assess the effects of media and related technologies on infants, children, and adolescents.” To move forward in a constructive and thoughtful way, it is vital to have a deep understanding of these impacts, and ensure that children are both protected and set up to succeed in digital environments.
There is still a need for federal privacy and online safety regulation that is careful, considered, and evidence-based. Regulation should be informed by existing research, and call for consistent and ongoing study. CAMRA is a positive way to begin building this approach, and it is our hope that new research will lead to enlightened online safety policies in the future.