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Children’s rights and digital technologies

Lievens, Eva, Livingstone, Sonia, Mclaughlin, Sharon, O'Neill, Brian and Verdoodt, Valerie (2017) Children’s rights and digital technologies. In: Liefaard, Ton and Kilkelly, Ursula, (eds.) International Human Rights. International Children’s Rights Law. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. (In Press)

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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
Additional Information: © 2017 Springer
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
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 13:57
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:32

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