Children's and young people's rights in the digital age

  • Awareness
  • 02/08/2016
  • London School of Economics (LSE

The London School of Economics (LSE) recently hosted a conference on children's and young people's rights in the digital age. Read on to find out more.

Lots of questions arise in relation to this important topic, including:
  • Exactly how is the digital impacting on children's rights today?
  • What are the challenges to children's rights presented by the digital?
  • How might we seize the opportunities for children's online participation to promote children's rights in the contemporary world?
At LSE on 26-27 July 2016, we held a lively conference bringing together a highly multidisciplinary, multistakeholder and international group of experts – some 80 or more, from over 20 countries – to discuss these questions and present new findings and arguments. 
 
It seems that a new grouping of scholars interested in children and young people, rights and the digital is now emerging, and this was a unique opportunity to join them in conversation with each other and with key stakeholders concerned with children's rights in digital environments.
 
Understanding children's rights in relation to the digital must be a cross-national endeavor, for the digital is an increasingly global phenomenon. But that makes the conversation sometimes fraught, sometimes serendipitous, often exciting.
 
The full programme, plenary speakers, abstracts for all papers, and PowerPoint slides for some presentations can be found on the LSE website.
 
We also took the opportunity to update on the progress of Global Kids Online. This international research project has been launched by the London School of Economics (LSE), UNICEF Office of Research and EU Kids Online to develop a global research toolkit, building on the one developed by EU Kids Online, as a flexible new resource for researchers around the world in gathering evidence on children's online risks, opportunities and rights. The results of this project will be formally launched in October. For now, register your interest at www.globalkidsonline.net.

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