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Right to Protection and Safety

In all areas of life, both online and offline, children must be protected from any form of violence, abuse, negligence and miss-treatment. Along with guidelines and laws that serve the purpose of protecting children, appropriate technical provisions must be implemented, while empowering children for self-protection in the digital world. (UN-CRC Art. 3) Protection and safety in the digital world arises from a mix of different instruments and the children’s empowerment for self-protection. It is the duty of parents and pedagogues in educational institutions to promote the empowerment of children, while governments have to provide the legal framework and preconditions.

The model of Intelligent Risk Management constitutes the different strategic goals of protection, based on the development along the child and adolescent phases and, with increasing age of the children, focuses on the growing ability to cope with risks.


  • 21.09.17

    Contemporary Child Protection on the Internet

    Jutta Croll

    Child protection must cover all areas of children’s lives, a safe everyday life in the real world as well as growing-up well with media. When article 19, 34 and 36 of the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child demand the protection of children from violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, these rights nowadays must be interpreted and applied in a new way in regard of risks arising from or being reinforced through the internet. But how could contemporary child protection on the internet be envisaged? What are the preconditions for children using the internet for information and participation, for education and play, without being unreasonably endangered? What role does the protection of children’s data play in this regard?

  • 22.05.17

    The World is Changing - About Growing-up in a Digital Environment

    Jutta 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

  • Children´s Rights in the German Business Activities

    only available in German
    Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk und Deutsches Komitee für UNICEF e. V.

    The rights of children comprise much more areas than child labour in the supply chain, such as family friendly workplaces, product security or marketing. Within the first Germany-wide study on the topic “Children´s Rights in the German Business Activities” 485 companies have been contacted and 100 companies examined with a desktop study.

  • Annual Report 2015 of the Centre for Child Protection on the Internet (I-KiZ)

    Contemporary Youth Media Protection
    Centre for Child Protection on the Internet, I-KiZ - Zentrum für Kinderschutz im Internet

    The task of the I-KiZ, the Centre for Child Protection on the Internet, together with youth media protection stakeholders from politics, business, science and practitioners, was to provide a forum for the development of strategies for contemporary youth media protection and the promotion of better protection of children and adolescents.

  • Media Policy Project

    The Media Policy Project’s goal is to start conversations between policy makers, civil society actors, and media professionals about the latest media research. It wants policy makers to have timely, easy access to relevant research and to the range of views held by civil society. It also works to engage the policy community with research on the policy making process itself. Additionally, it provides tools for anyone looking to stay up-to-date on media policy issues, through the briefings, event calendars, dossiers, and lists of on-going consultations.

  • Parenting for a Digital Future Blog

    London School of Economics (LSE)

    How do parents seek to bring up their children in the digital age? What is parents’ vision of their children’s future and that of the wider society? What risks and opportunities will characterise the digital future?

  • 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

  • Desiderata

    John Carr

    In his Blog John Carr discusses how the new technologies change our life. His readers are thereby people whose interests lie in the field of public policy. Among his main topics are Security and Protection, with a focus on the special responsibility towards young(er) users.

    Additional content for: Internet Governance

  • 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?