Virtual Parentalism

30 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2009 Last revised: 4 Nov 2009

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Joshua Fairfield

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2009


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.

Suggested Citation

Fairfield, Joshua, Virtual Parentalism (September 30, 2009). Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-08. Available at SSRN: or

Joshua Fairfield (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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