Safety versus Liberty: The Rights of Minors in the Digital Age

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Policy proposals that focus on children's Internet activity typically concentrate on online safety and privacy while overlooking minors own free speech rights. Well-meaning efforts by child online safety efforts, such as the recent proposal to update the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act to cover minors between the ages of 13 and 18, may potentially run afoul of minors First Amendment rights as they seek to restrict minors access to social networks, limit the amount of personal information an older minor could choose to share, and prevent minors from accessing material that is relevant to them. Panelists will discuss the parameters of minors right to free expression, current legislative proposals aimed at protecting kids online, and alternative approaches to helping kids stay safe and free online.