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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children’s rights" 12 September 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII, Palais des Nations

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument, with 194 States Parties.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, during its 65th session (13 – 31 January 2014) decided to devote its 2014 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to “Digital media and children’s rights”. The discussion will take place on Friday 12 September 2014 during the 67th session of the Committee in Geneva.

The purpose of the Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part. The Committee also encourages the submission of written contributions, to be sent by 10 August 2014, please click on this link for more information.

Overall objective of the 2014 DGD

To better understand the effects of children’s engagement with social media as well as information and communications technologies (ICT), in order to understand the impact on and role of children’s rights in this area, and develop rights-based strategies to maximize the online opportunities for children while protecting them from risks and possible harm.

Specific objectives of the 2014 DGD

  1. Arrive at a better understanding of how the use of or prevalence of digital media interplay with children's enjoyment of their rights, both in identifying areas in which these technologies may lead to violations of children's rights, and how they can be harnessed to allow children to better claim their rights.
  2. Identify and evaluate the differentiated opportunities and risks children face in interacting with ICT and digital media, depending on the age, sex, geographical location, socio-economic status, cultural context or any vulnerable situation of the child, e.g. disability of the child;
  3. Identify evidence-based and evaluated good practices to further develop safe, interactive, creative and educational content ensuring its accessibility to all children, irrespective of their sex, geographical location, socio-economic status, cultural context or disability;
  4. Promote the development of comprehensive strategies to fulfil children’s rights  and protect them in their online activities;
  5. Promote exchange of information between public and private actors, including the ICT industry and Internet Service Providers, on issues related to children’s online interaction; and
  6. Provide further substantive information to facilitate the Committee’s mandate of examining the progress of State parties in achieving the implementation of children’s rights in relation to their access to digital media.

Participation of children and teens

Are you under 18? Would you like to share your views about the Internet and how children use it? The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child wants to hear from you!

The Committee is inviting children and teens (under 18 years old) to share their opinions and experiences before the day. You can also participate via Twitter and Facebook during the event. Please click on this link for more information (photo/video release form).

Documentation


Programme English
Registration English
Outline English
Guidelines

English

Written Submissions for the DGD English
Map English
Report of the DGD and Recommendations English
Country-specific information