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Evolving capacities

The evolving capacities of the child as an enabling principle that addresses the process of their gradual acquisition of competencies, understanding and agency must be respected.

That process has particular significance in the digital environment, where children can engage more independently from supervision by parents and caregivers.

The risks and opportunities associated with children’s engagement in the digital environment change depending on their age and stage of development.

This must be taken in considerations whenever measures to protect children in, or facilitate their access to, that environment are designed. The design of age-appropriate measures should be informed by the best and most up-to-date research available, from a range of disciplines.


  • Ansicht: Aufruf zur Beteiligung am Programm des IGF 2023

    IGF 2023 Call for Session Proposals

    Marlene Fasolt, SDC

    Stakeholders are invited to submit proposals to organize various types of sessions at the Internet Governance Forum until May 19, 2023 at 23:59 UTC

  • Ansicht: Berichterstattung und Interview vom IGF

    In the rearview mirror: a children’s rights perspective on the sessions of the IGF 2022 on YouTube

    Marlene Fasolt, SDC

    The 17th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the Government of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in a hybrid format from 28 November to 2 December 2022. All the sessions were recorded and uploaded on the IGF’s YouTube channel and we have uploaded daily reports on the sessions that relate to growing up in the digital environment. Following are the links to all the sessions that we reported on.

  • Ansicht: IGF 2022: Rechte von Kindern und Jugendlichen

    IGF 2022 in Ethiopia

    Marlene Fasolt, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    Ethiopia’s government will host the UN Internet Governance Forum 2022 at the UN-ECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2, 2022

Scientific studies

Official documents