During its 65th session (13 – 31 January 2014), the Committee on the Rights of the Child decided to devote its 2014 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to “Digital media and children’s rights”. The discussion took place on Friday 12 September 2014 during the 67th session of the Committee in Geneva.
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
- 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.
- 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;
- 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;
- Promote the development of comprehensive strategies to fulfil children’s rights and protect them in their online activities;
- 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
- 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.