Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Authored by: Sonia Livingstone

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619835.ch10

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Abstract

In the couple of decades since Internet use has become commonplace in everyday life, ­especially in the global North, a growing body of research has examined the meanings, practices and consequences of people’s engagement with an ever-new array of digital media. Within this context of social, technological and regulatory change, the position of children has been sometimes prominent – with them being celebrated as creative pioneers of the digital age or worried about for their vulnerability. But mostly they are rendered invisible, the discursive blurring of ‘the population’ with ‘adults’ obscuring the specific conditions, concerns and rights of children in the digital age. The age-blind nature of most academic and policy discourses on media and human rights parallels their neglect of gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or region yet it generates little sense of injustice or effort towards redress.

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