Children and Young People's Rights

The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was first introduced 30 years ago, setting out the conditions in which a child (under 18) might flourish. It has yet to be applied online.

Where innovators and policymakers have sought to support children and young people online, they have focused narrowly on ‘harm’, rather than on promoting their wider flourishing.

This ignores the fact that children’s and young people’s rights are balanced and multifaceted, entitling them to both autonomy over their own lives and development, and to participation in society more broadly. In an interconnected world, if children and young people's rights are not upheld in one environment, they are denuded in all environments.

The enormous potential of digital technology will only be realised when it is proactively directed towards the promotion of children and young people’s rights, rather than retroactively adapted or deployed merely to protect their safety.

Children and young people’s rights must be embedded and upheld in the digital environment, by design and default.

What is 5Rights doing?

UNCRC General Comment

Link to UNCRC General Comment

Childhood Development Milestones

Link to Childhood Development Milestones

Artificial Intelligence and Children's Rights

Link to Artificial Intelligence and Children's Rights

Digital Futures Commission

Link to Digital Futures Commission