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The rights of children on the Internet

24/06/2005: General House

The Internet is an opportunity for economic and social development, for education, for the exchange of information and of experiences, a fundamental instrument for the Defence of Human Rights and for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. During the latter, the following list of declarations of children’s E-rights and E-duties was developed by UNICEF in collaboration with a group of students.

Declaratios of childrens E-rights and E-duties

1. We have the right to equal access to Information and Technology, without distinction of sex, age, race, nationality, social origin, birth or other status.
2. We have the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of association. This right includes freedom to search, receive and disseminate all kinds of information and ideas on the Internet.
3. We have the right to take part in the discussions on the Internet’s laws (restrictions on access and contents, the fight against abuses…) that can affect us.
4. We have the right to be protected against exploitation, illegal trade, abuses and all kinds of violence on the Internet.
5. We have the right to personal development and education and all the formation possibilities that the Internet and New Technologies offer us.
6. We have the right to have privacy in communication processes through the Internet.
7. We have the right to amusement, leisure and play with the Internet and other new technologies.
8. Our parents and teachers have the duty to guide and educate us on a responsible use of the Internet.
9. The governments of all the developed nations have the duty to be committed to cooperate with poor countries to facilitate the use of the new technologies and the Internet for all their citizens. The developed nations’ governments have the duty to avoid inequality and marginalisation.
10. We have the right to benefit from new technologies to advance towards a healthier, more peaceful, more caring, fairer and more respectful world.

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