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Right to Access

Every child has the right to unrestricted and equal access to the digital world. (UN-CRC Art. 17) Access should be granted without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, the national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or status. (UN-CRC Art.2)

Digitisation facilitates new types (and phenomena) of discrimination, e.g. cyberbullying or hate speech, which are spread widely via social media and thereby multiply the effects of discrimination.


Studies and publications

  • October 2014

    Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

    Amanda Third, Delphine Bellerose, Urszula Dawkins, Emma Keltie, Kari Pihl Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

    In July and August 2014, 148 children from 16 countries, speaking eight different languages, participated in workshops to share their views on their rights in the digital age.

    Additional content for: Digital Literacy | Media Usage

  • EU Kids Online Network

    Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hans-Bredow-Institut

    How do children and young people in Europe use the internet, what risks do they face, what opportunities does the internet offer, and how are they dealing with the varying possibilities? What are the similarities and differences here between the different European countries?