While it proved difficult to find many scholarly articles on the topic of VR considering how new of a technology it is, I did however find two interesting articles relating to technologies affect of children and growing adolescents. In the first article, Virtual Reality and “Virtual Welters”: A Note on the Commerce Clause Implications of Regulating Cyberporn by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, it discusses the impact of certain laws that target certain obscenities such as internet porn. It also discusses that complying with state obscenity standards could be taxing enough to force these companies to often try producing many more films under the table (lacking regulations). One very interesting concept that this article also discusses involves the First Amendment doctrine and how it calls for the freedom of speech, which can be applied to this industry. The reason I chose this article had to do with a deep concern that many people have about VR pertaining to the increased used and illegality of cyber porn. Hopefully with the rise of VR there will not have to be a task force to ensure that certain industries such as this one do not get any wrong ideas and feel as if they can go above the law.
This next article, Virtual Reality and Social Skills Training for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Applications, Challenges and Promising Practices, by Howard S. Muscott and Timothy Gifford, describes the intricate details of virtual reality (VR) technology and discusses how it has many potential applications to aid in the teaching of social skills to many different kind of children and young adults the have behavior disorders. This behavioral teaching is taught by using many interactive role plays that help the patients practice and learn in a safe space. However, due to limitations of the current status of VR and certain difficulties inherent by modeling human behavioral simulations this research has hit a few snags. This article was very helpful for me what writing about how VR impacts the lives of children at home and at school.
Muscott, Howard S., and Timothy Gifford. Virtual Reality and Social Skills Training for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Applications, Challenges and Promising Practices 17.4 (1994): 417-44. JSTOR [JSTOR]. Web.
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan. “Virtual Reality and “Virtual Welters”: A Note on the Commerce Clause Implications of Regulating Cyberporn.” Virginia Law Review 82.3 (1996): 535. Web.