Invitation to Participate in the ‘Rights of the Child in the Digital Age’ project

Invitation to Participate in the ‘Rights of the Child in the Digital Age’ project

Deadline: July 31, 2014

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and UNICEF, organizers of the Digitally Connected Symposium, invite expression of interests for interested organizations to participate in the Rights of the Child in the Digital Age research project.

The UN Committee for the Rights of the Child will meet in Geneva to discuss updating the Convention for the Rights of the Child for a digital age. The world has certainly changed a lot since the 1980′s, the decade throughout which the convention was first drafted! To assist the Committee in their deliberations, and to ensure that young people’s experiences can directly inform their discussion, they are currently working on a very exciting research project that aims to capture young people’s insights on their rights in the age of digital technology.

Project outcomes will include a short video capturing the diverse experiences of young people in locations on all continents, a ‘story-book’ and a report, all of which will be shown and/or distributed at the meeting in September.

What is involved?

They are looking to find out how digital technology is being used around the world, and what opportunities and challenges this provides in facilitating children’s rights. They invite you to:

  • Reach out to your networks of young people
  • Find between 1 and 10 young people under the age of 18 who would like to take part in a 3 hour work-shop activity
  • Schedule the workshop activity to take place sometime between the 14th and the 30th of July
  • Create content with young people!
  • Submit creative content (video/audio recordings, photography, photos of drawings, flip books) to the research team on or before July 31, 2014.

Activities and Types of Content

  • To start off, working as a group, the young people will be asked to draw up a 24 hour or weekly timeline showing their technology use.
  • Once this technology use information is captured participants will be asked to undertake a short activity to identify how their technology use might augment or impede their rights.
  • Following on from this activity, we have a few short “vox pop” questions that we would love video/audio or written responses to.
  • Then finally, the opportunity for a creative response, allowing the young people to get creative by making a video, or a flip book, a drawing, or photography in response to questions regarding the timeline.

How to Get Involved

Please click here to register interest.

For more information, visit ‘Rights of the Child in the Digital Age’ Research Project.