Children’s rights apply in the digital world

Children’s rights apply in the digital world

At its 86th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted its general comment No. 25 (2021) on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment.

General Comment No.25 sets out how the UN Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’ applies in the digital world, and its adoption makes explicit – for the first time – that children’s rights apply in the digital world.


“As digital technologies impact on children’s lives in ever increasing ways, it is vital to consider the full spectrum of children’s rights against the full range of the impacts of digital technology, both now and into the future. General comment no. 25 does just that.”5Rights Steering Group


“In relation to the digital environment, it’s a game-changer. The General Comment will land on the desk of every government in the world. It clarifies what the digital environment means for children’s civil rights and freedoms, their rights to privacy, non-discrimination, protection, education, play and more. It also explains why States and other duty bearers must act and, within the limits of 10,700 words, how they should act.” – Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics explaining the significance in

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