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No. 202 Child Protection vs. Child Rights: Are They in Conflict?

Larry Magid



Human Rights / Freedom of Expression on the Internet

This workshop will explore potential conflict between child protection and youth rights, as outlined in article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: “The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.”
The workshop will look at the tension between child protection and child rights. While it is necessary to protect children from harm, it's also necessary to protect their rights of free expression which, as outlined by article 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, includes "freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds," in any media, including social media. What does this say about the use of filters and monitoring technology at home and in school or restrictions on children's rights to participate in social media.

Has the proponent organised a workshop with a similar subject during past IGF meetings?


Background Paper

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Session Type




Mr. Larry Magid, ConnectSafely.org, Civil Society, UNITED STATES, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Ms. Yannis Li, DotKids.Asia, Civil Society, HONG KONG, Asia-Pacific Group

Have the Proponent or any of the co-organisers organised an IGF workshop before?


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Panellists and Moderator

Invited panellists, individuals and organisations

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John Carr, Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, Male, Civil Society, UNITED KINGDOM, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Youth To Be Determined, Female, Civil Society, AFGHANISTAN, African Group, this is a placeholder for young people who's names and affiliations will be determined. Will come from Asia and other regions

Janice Richardson, European Schoolnet, Female, Civil Society, BELGIUM, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Nevine Tewfit, Ministry of Communications, Female, Government, EGYPT, African Group

Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Female, Civil Society, AFGHANISTAN, African Group

Larry Magid, ConnectSafely.org, Male, Civil Society, UNITED STATES

Anjan Bose, Ecpat International, Male, Civil Society, THAILAND, Asia-Pacific Group


Anjan Bose

Remote Moderator

Jim Prendergast


Opening of session by moderator

Short opening remarks by Larry Magid to frame the discussion and advance

Remarks by John Carr to put protection vs. rights into context

Reactions by panelist from their organizational and regional perspectives
Janice Richardson
Nevine Tewfit

Comments by youth members on panel (names and regions to be determined based on youth in attendance at IGF)

Comments, questions and discussion from attendees at the session and online

Brief closing remarks of panelists

Inclusiveness of the Session

This will be a highly interactive panel with strong audience and remote participation.  We are planning to include not only young people on the panel but also in front row of the audience so they can be called on to participate. 

Suitability for Remote Participation

We will encourage youth groups in different countries to participate remotely.  We plan to publicize this even through our various online forums and make sure it is Tweeted.  Larry (the lead organizer) will encourage his 125,000 Facebook followers and a large Twitter following to participate in addition to those he reaches through his website, SafeKids.com.  Other panelists will be encouraged to promote the event and remote participation as well. 

Questions or Comments

Larry Magid has participated in IGF panels but has never organized one.

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