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Digital rights of children now a priority

On 2 March 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe formally adopted the third Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child, writes Sonia Livingstone on a London School of Economics blog. "On 5 6 April 2016, the strategy was launched in Sofia under the Bulgarian chairmanship of the Committee of the Council of Europe by President Rosen Plevneliev, thereby initiating high level deliberation across and within the 47 member states. This third iteration of the strategy, for the first time for the Council of Europe and, arguably, for the first time in any major international organisation, recognised the rights of the child in the digital environment as a priority area, one of five identified as crucial to guarantee the rights of children in Europe." The action plan for the digital environment emphasises that all three Ps – participation, protection and provision – matter in specific ways in the digital age, and are to be prioritised in a way that is non-discriminatory and in the best interests of the child, so as to support children's right to life, survival and development, as well as their right to be heard, says Livingstone. Blog -  Council of Europe strategy -  Sofia conference

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