March 10, 2005 -- WASHINGTON Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton teamed up yesterday with two of the Senate's most conservative Republicans to warn Americans about the impact of televised sex and violence on young children.

Clinton called it a "silent epidemic."

Citing research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Clinton warned that some children are watching over six hours a day of electronic media primarily TV and the Internet, but also DVDs, video games and movies.

She wants President Bush and Congress to direct $90 million over five years to study the impact of electronic media on kids' "cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and behavioral development."

"We need better, more current research to study the impact of the new interactive, digital and wireless media dominating our kids' lives," Clinton said yesterday, after reintroducing the bill that she also backed last year.

As first lady, Clinton pushed for better controls over what children see through the so-called V-chip law, which made it easier for parents to keep inappropriate television shows away from young eyes. During her campaign for Senate in 2000, she supported efforts to limit kids' exposure to sex and violence.

During a Kaiser Foundation forum, Clinton singled out the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, which allows players to pretend they're on a crime spree.

"They're playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them," Clinton complained.

Over time, she argued, the effects of such media-driven desensitization teaches children "that it's OK to diss people because they're women or they're a different color or they're from a different place."

A year ago, Clinton joined conservative lawmakers to press the same legislation including the two Republican senators she was with yesterday, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

But the bill went nowhere, and colleagues would not even give her the courtesy of a hearing on the legislation. As a result, the bill died when Congress adjourned.

But now, "there seems much more willingness to move this along," said a Senate source familiar with the bill.

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