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Thursday, November 28 • 16:40 - 18:10
WS 23 How and Why to Involve Perspectives of Children Effectively

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  • William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa 
  • Daniela Tews, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V.

Policy Questions:
What are the views and positions of different stakeholders on children's rights to privacy and data protection? Who is responsible for the protection of data of children and how to fill the gaps of implementation? How to responsibly balance between protection and participation rights of children?


 Protecting children and young people from the risks and harm that the Internet and digital media can cause is indisputably important. However, to allow them to participate/engage in an age-appropriate and child-friendly way in developments and decisions that open up safe, creative and protected possibilities of using the Internet, is an approach that is still under-represented. Governments, public authorities and businesses make decisions about conditions, rules and opportunities for using the Internet and digital media and content that must also take into account the best interests of children and young people. Today, children are not only subjects to be protected from risks and harmful contents or experiences. They are not only consumers of media and devices. They are producers, readers, gamers and influencers, they have expertise, impact and power which can help understanding their views and changing policies in a human rights based and child-friendly way. Perspectives of children and youth are of course as different as the regions and cultures as well as the living conditions and chances of human beings. But children have the right to be heard in every issue they are affected of. That’s what the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) stands for and what has to be realised from the duty-bearers of the Convention – the States parties, the companies and all adult persons. The respect for and implementation of Children's Rights has an essential dimension particular in digital contexts. At the same time, digitization offers a high potential for realizing to a greater extent the previously unrealized or under-implemented rights of children. The right to access to mass media (Art. 17 CRC) , the right to privacy (Art. 16 CRC), the right to freedom of expression (Art. 13 CRC), the right to be protected from violence (Art. 19 CRC)– these are only a few dimensions, which open the view for discussions on this issue.

  1. Presentations good/ best practice
  2. Presentation human centered design
  3. Interactive tool sessions in small groups and result presentations
  4. Reflections and discussion about the learnings

  • Felix Noller, Chapter Berlin, D4CR, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
  • Phakamile Khumalo, Coordinator „Web Rangers Project”, Media Monitoring Africa, Civil Society, African Group
  • Joy Fakude, Participant „Web Rangers Project”, Media Monitoring Africa, Civil Society, African Group
  • Resegofaditswe Matlapeng, Participant „Web Rangers Project”, Media Monitoring Africa, Civil Society, African Group
  • Daniela Beyerle, Managing Partner, minds & makers, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Session Organizers
avatar for Frederik Jagielski

Frederik Jagielski

Student Assistant, Coordination Office for Children's Rights, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V. (German Children´s Fund)
Student - Social Sciences M.A., HU
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Daniela Tews

Media Policy Advisor - Coordination Office for Children's Rights, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V.
Children's Rights in digital environment

Thursday November 28, 2019 16:40 - 18:10 CET
Saal Europa