Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fairfield: "Virtual Parentalism"

Joshua Fairfield (Washington and Lee University School of Law) has published "Virtual Parentalism," 66 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1215 (2009).  Read the abstract on SSRN here:

Parents, not laws, ultimately protect children both online and offline. If legislation places adults at legal risk because of the presence of children in virtual worlds, adults will exit those worlds, and children will be isolated into separate spaces. This will not improve safety for children. Instead, this Article suggests that Congress enact measures that encourage filtering technology and parental tools that will both protect children in virtual worlds, and protect free speech online.


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