UNCRC General Comment on children's rights in relation to the digital environment

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was drafted 30 years ago, the same year as the invention of the world wide web. In order for children and young people to realise their rights, they must be able to realise them in all contexts – including the digital environment.

5Rights Foundation is supporting the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to develop a General Comment on children’s rights and the digital environment. The General Comment will be an authoritative interpretation of how children’s rights should be promoted and upheld in the digital environment and the digital age.

5Rights' founder Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr. Amanda Third, Gerison Lansdown, Jutta Croll and Patrick Geary JD (the Steering Group) are acting as consultants to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to develop the General Comment. The Steering Group has overseen a global consultation via the OHCHR portal, undertaken children’s consultations in 26 countries, hosted a two-day consultation event for global experts in London, and held stakeholder events in London and Berlin. The approved General Comment will be adopted in 2021.

“For the Convention to be relevant in a digital world, governments around the world need authoritative and helpful guidance on how to interpret and implement children’s rights in the face of new challenges” - Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics and Political Science