Child Rights Connect – Joint Focus submission on the CRC’s draft General Comment on “Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment”

On November 20th, 2020, Child Rights Connect shared about its joint focus submission to the draft General Comment of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) “Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment” made in collaboration with the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, the School of Education of University College Dublin, the Czech Alliance for the Rights of the Child, Child Rights Information Centre Moldova and the Women’s World Summit Foundation. This submission focuses on the use and engagement of Children Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) with the digital environment.

Children make a big use of new technologies. CHRD use them to find resources, connect with each other, and act for change. They face challenges while using digital tools. This contribution aims at putting light on it and at providing recommendations to help CHRD face them, based on the views of 35 children. Four main points emerged:

  1. “Address the negative experiences of CHRDs caused by people, companies and legislations;
  2. Recognize children’s active engagement with the digital environment and this space as an enabler of communication and collaboration among CHRDs;
  3. Take advantage of the digital environment as an effective platform to disseminate the work of CHRDs, and
  4. Promote greater support from adults to secure full participation of children.”

More information available at: https://www.childrightsconnect.org/child-human-right-defenders-have-their-say-on-the-crcs-draft-general-comment-on-childrens-rights-in-relation-to-the-digital-environment/

The joint submission is available at: https://www.childrightsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/inputs_firstdraft_gc-digital-environment_-joint-submission_childrightsconnect-partners_final.pdf

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