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Have your say on children’s rights online

How can we ensure that we promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of all children and young people when they go online? Have your say in the #DigitalDecade4YOUth consultation, running from 1 September until 11 October 2021.

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In March 2021, the European Commission presented the digital compass translating the EU’s digital ambitions for the next decade. Through various consultation activities, one of its aims is to develop a set of digital principles and rights for an interinstitutional declaration between the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council.

At the heart of this work is a desire to ensure that the digital world is fit for the future and can allow everyone to benefit from all the opportunities it can offer. As part of wider consultation activities, children, youth, parents and carers, teachers and educators, and other stakeholders from across the European Union are being consulted on the priorities they see to promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of children and young people in a digital world. These important insights will also be used to inform a new European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children (BIK Strategy), to be adopted in 2022.

We are now gathering input from parents and carers, teachers and educators, and others who can influence positive online opportunities and experiences for children and young people in Europe.

In this survey, we ask to consider the opportunities and benefits which children and young people can gain from being online, the challenges and risks which they might face, and who should be responsible for improving online experiences. We also ask for views on what policy makers need to do over the next decade to bring about change.

Your views are essential in shaping the ongoing work on digital principles within the EU, and for helping to give Europe’s children and young people the best possible online experiences.

We look forward to your views by 11 October.