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Comment on the concept note of the General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

Parent Zone welcomed the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s consultation on the concept note for a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment, as an opportunity to consider the role of parenting and digital resilience in relation to children’s rights. The Committee invited all interested parties to comment on the concept note, which indicates at the initial stages how children’s rights are to be protected in a digital environment.

In our response, we acknowledge the tension between parental rights and children’s rights in a digital environment. However, by taking an evidence-based approach, we held our position that we need to place the best interests of the child as a priority. Our three main recommendations looked at how the General Comment could best support parents to help children build resilience and effectively exercise their rights. Therefore, we called on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to consider how:

  1. States should develop infrastructure that supports authoritative parenting;
  2. The UKCIS Digital Resilience Framework and Resilient Families should be seen as exemplary to assist state policies and practice;
  3. Parent Zone’s international projects should be used as best-practice examples for how states can support authoritative parenting to help children exercise their rights. 

To read the whole consultation response, please click the attachment below.

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