A nationwide survey of parents, commissioned by Common Sense Media and the Center for American Progress in January 2013, finds that 75 percent of families say it's difficult to shield children from violence, with a majority of parents agreeing that the media industry can help change a culture of violence.
A random selection of 1,050 parents with children 18 years and younger were asked about content in television, movies and video games and for their perceptions about bullying, access to guns and crime levels. According to survey results, 75 percent of parents have concerns that easy access to guns contributes to violence, with 42 percent of parents reporting that they “completely agree” that the gun industry has the power to address the violence and should be a part of the solution.
According to the survey, a majority of parents also agreed that the media has the power to help change the nation's culture of violence, with 88 percent of parents saying they did not want advertisements for violent games, movies and television to air during programs viewed by large audiences of children.
Respondents for the survey were chosen randomly. Parents needed to be able to view video on a computer, tablet or smartphone to participate.
Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and education about the media children consume. The Center for American Progress is a nonprofit research and educational institute that promotes progressive and solutions to domestic and international problems.