UN Committee issues draft General Comment on children’s rights in digital environment

Date: 21st August 2020
Category: General Comments


The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is seeking comments on a preliminary draft of a General Comment which for first time explores children’s rights in the digital world.

The draft General Comment highlights the many opportunities that digital access can bring – including supporting the right to be heard (Article 12) freedom of expression (Article 13), freedom of association and assembly (Article 15) and the right to education (Articles 28-29). Yet it also acknowledges the challenges, such as low levels of digital access for certain groups of children, and the risks, such as exposure to violence and harmful material. The draft General Comment seeks to guide states in the full implementation of children’s rights in the digital environment, maximising the opportunities and protecting children from the risks.

Together made a joint submission during the first round of comments in 2019, read it here.

To contribute to the consultation process, further details can be found here. The deadline for submissions is 15th November 2020.

Meanwhile, at UK-level, the Information Commissioner has recently issued a new Age Appropriate Design Code. Read more about this here.