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.
- 22.05.17Jutta Croll
In 1989, the die Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) was passed by the United Nations. To this day 195 states have ratified the Convention, making it the United Nations’ most widely recognized human rights document. The Convention is meant to grant special protection to young people under the age of eighteen. The ratifying states commit themselves to implement and guarantee the rights to freedom and protection as laid down in the 41 articles of the treaty.
Studies and publications
- October 2014Amanda 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.
- 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?
- UN-Committee for the Rights of the Child, Vereinte Nationen
Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49