Building Cross-disciplinary Bridges: Advancing Evidence-Based Legal Protections for Children in Cyberspace

Science, Vol. 379, Issue 6639, 1294-1297 (2023). DOI:10.1126/science.ade9447

14 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2023 Last revised: 12 Mar 2024

See all articles by Michal Gilad

Michal Gilad

The Multidisciplinary Center of Childhood, Public Policy & Sustainable Society; University of Pennsylvania Law School

Nizan Geslevich Packin

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law; City University of NY, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business; City University of New York (CUNY) - Department of Law

Gideon Nave

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Diana Fishbein

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Date Written: March 31, 2023

Abstract

The article identifies emerging policy challenges brought in the new technology era, where children’s use of digital devices and their presence in virtual spaces are no longer recreational but an everyday necessity. In this new reality, children’s developmental vulnerabilities are prone to exploitation by private sector entities’ that prioritize profit over the wellbeing of users, compromising their health, safety and emotional development. The article identifies a systemic policy failure, where lawmakers have fallen behind the private sector in understanding and incorporating scientific findings on children’s unique attributes, needs and vulnerabilities into policies that regulate these technologies – compromising children’s safety in the digital sphere, where they spend the majority of their time. It highlights the urgent need for integral interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and law/policy experts to effectively address these challenges, translating scientific findings into concrete evidence-based regulatory and monitoring policies that can effectively protect children when using digital platforms, including social media, video games, and FinTech applications.

Note: This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science (30 March, 2023), https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.ade9447

Keywords: children; internet; cyberspace; privacy; neuroscience; child development; technology; health

Suggested Citation

Gilad, Michal and Packin, Nizan Geslevich and Nave, Gideon and Fishbein, Diana, Building Cross-disciplinary Bridges: Advancing Evidence-Based Legal Protections for Children in Cyberspace (March 31, 2023). Science, Vol. 379, Issue 6639, 1294-1297 (2023). DOI:10.1126/science.ade9447, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4408759

Michal Gilad (Contact Author)

The Multidisciplinary Center of Childhood, Public Policy & Sustainable Society ( email )

United States
9173704001 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://mccppss.org

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Nizan Geslevich Packin

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

City University of NY, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business ( email )

One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010
United States

City University of New York (CUNY) - Department of Law ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Gideon Nave

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

3730 Walnut St
JMHH Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

Diana Fishbein

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
192
Abstract Views
374
Rank
291,948
PlumX Metrics