Children's Rights in the Digital Age


How society can realize children’s rights in a digital age is gathering increasing attention from policy makers and researchers. Professor Sonia Livingstone is leading the Digital Futures Commission with the 5Rights Foundation to contribute to this effort. This is a new and exciting research collaboration of unique organisations that invites innovators, policy makers, regulators, academics and civil society, to unlock digital innovation in the interests of children and young people.

Sonia explains her further activities relating to children’s rights in a digital age below:


I am currently working as an expert advisor to the 5Rights Foundation and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to consult on and draft a General Comment on Child Rights in the Digital Environment (2018-2020). This built on my work as lead consultant for the Children’s Commissioner for England: Growing up digital taskforce (2017), resulting in The case for a ‘General Comment on Digital Rights’ to support the interpretation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for the digital age.

Recently I was an expert consultant to the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (2016-18) which produced Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment, Council of Europe. Here’s a child-friendly version.

For me, much of this work began when I organised an international workshop with UNICEF at LSE on ‘Researching children’s rights globally in the digital age’ in February 2015. We put lots of resources from that workshop on this webpage.


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Recent publications on children’s rights in the digital age