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Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment


Council of Europe

Abstract

International and European binding instruments and standards set out obligations or provide benchmarks for member States to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights and fundamental freedoms of children in the digital environment. Every child, as an individual rights-holder, should be able to exercise his or her human rights and fundamental freedoms online as well as offline. The present guidelines are intended to provide assistance to relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the rights enshrined in international and European human rights conventions and standards, in the light of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. They seek in particular to:

a. guide States in formulating legislation, policies and other measures to promote the realisation of the full array of the rights of the child in the digital environment and address the full range of ways in which the digital environment affects children’s well-being and enjoyment of human rights;

b. promote the devising, implementation and monitoring by States of a comprehensive strategic and co-ordinated approach, reflecting the principles contained in the present guidelines;

c. ensure that States require business enterprises and other relevant stakeholders to meet their responsibility to respect the rights of the child in the digital environment and encourage them to support and promote these rights;

d. ensure concerted action and co-operation at national and international level to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment.

Scope

Europe

Year Language

2018 English, French

Category Type

International Texts Guideline

Keywords

Child, Rights

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