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For Immediate Release
December 16, 2004

New State Board of Education pledges support for Blagojevich ban on violent video games

Policy to address ban in schools

Springfield, Ill. –State Superintendent of Education Randy Dunn called on Illinois school districts to adopt policies banning violent video and sexually explicit video games from schools and pledged the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) support for Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s call to ban the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to children under the age of 18. In his weekly bulletin to schools, Dunn encouraged districts to make parents aware of a new website the Governor has developed, www.SafeGamesIllinois.org.

Dunn said that the State Board would be working to ensure that no children are exposed to any such games in school. Dunn called on districts to investigate the issue, and report back to the State Board on whether or not violent video games are being played in their school.

“These dangerous games don’t belong in our schools,” said Dunn. “Educators around the state have done a great job of making sure that the technology in our schools supports learning and is age-appropriate for kids. We need to do everything we can to support that good work, and to make sure that everybody is participating in it.”

Dunn called on districts to pledge to ensure that no violent video games are being played in schools, and announced the agency will work to develop a model policy that school districts can adopt.

“The more information our schools and parents can have, the easier it will be for use to ensure that young people are not exposed to inappropriate materials.” said Dunn.

Dunn said the model policy will center on banning violent video games on school property, including access to such games on the Internet.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777