UN guidance on protecting children’s digital rights
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued a General comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. This includes guidance on how countries across the world should protect children’s right to play in digital environments.
General comment No. 25 (2021) on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment notes that the rights of every child must be respected, protected and fulfilled in the digital environment. It states that the digital environment promotes children’s right to play, which is essential for well-being and development.
Also, the General comment emphasises that states parties should provide guidance for professionals, parents and caregivers to ensure that digital technologies and services enhance children’s opportunities for play.
The General comment has been issued after a two-year consultation with national governments, inter-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions. Also, as part of the consultation, over 700 children and young people aged 9 to 22 in 27 countries were asked how digital technology impacts their rights, and what actions they want to see taken to protect them.