Below is the abstract for “Building Cross-disciplinary Bridges: Advancing Evidence-Based Legal Protections for Children in Cyberspace,” available for download on SSRN.

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.


Michal Gilad

The Multidisciplinary Center on Childhood, Public Policy, and Sustainable Society

Michal Gilad is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Multidisciplinary Center on Childhood, Public Policy, and Sustainable Society. She specializes in the utilization of academic and empirical research to inform and improve our laws and policies, with specific expertise in laws and policies that impact the lives of children and families.

Diana Fishbein

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Diana Fishbein, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is also a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the director of the Program of Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment at Pennsylvania State University. Her studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors.

Gideon Nave

The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

Gideon Nave is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies how technological developments may advance efficiency, productivity and innovation, and evaluate the ethical challenges that they give rise to.

Nizan Geslevich Packin

Baruch College, City University of New York

Nizan Geslevich Packin joined the Law Department at the Zicklin School of Business in 2013. She researches and writes about FinTech, Ethical Implications of Digital Technologies, Business Law, Consumer Protection Law, Privacy and Information Law, including cybersecurity.


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