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Children’s rights and digital technologies

Lievens, Eva, Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862, Mclaughlin, Sharon, O'Neill, Brian and Verdoodt, Valerie (2018) Children’s rights and digital technologies. In: Liefaard, Ton and Kilkelly, Ursula, (eds.) International Human Rights of Children. International Human Rights. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Cham, Switzerland, 487 - 513. ISBN 9789811041839

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-981-10-4184-6_16


Digital technologies have reshaped children’s lives, resulting in new opportunities for and risks to their well-being and rights. This chapter investigates the impact of digital technologies on children’s rights through the lens of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Up until now, not all rights have received the same level of attention in the digital context. Legal and policy discourse in the area of children and digital media predominantly focuses on ‘protection’ rights, albeit with a growing awareness of the tension between ‘protection’ and ‘participation’ rights. ‘Provision’ rights are not often emphasised, other than in the important domain of education. However, all children’s rights should be supported, valued and developed in both online and offline spheres of engagement. Governments, parents, educators, industry, civil society and children’s rights commissioners or ombudspersons should all take up their responsibility to enhance children’s rights in relation to digital technologies, while actively listening and taking account of children’s views when developing laws, policies, programmes and other measures in this field.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://International Human Rights
Additional Information: © 2019 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 13:57
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:18

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