COFACE was invited to speak at the Digital Assembly 2022 hosted by the French Presidency of the EU and the European Commission in Toulouse, France, on 21st June 2022. COFACE President Annemie Drieskens spoke more specifically in the Better Internet for Kids workshop, which consisted of two panels – the first one discussing the protection of children and young people online, and the second one addressing the empowerment and participation of minors in the online environment.
OPINION: It’s time for the digital generation to actively shape the digital era: a call for child participation from an ‘almost’ digital native
As adults, we can feel pretty sure that we know what children need and want. The problem is that we are often wrong. In the DigiGen project focusing on the impact of technological transformation on children and young people, we engaged in research with children and families across Europe.
One of the focus areas of the DigiGen project aims to address the following question: What are the socio-economic, gendered, and political culture-related issues influencing the digital political engagement of young people? This report offers insights and comparative analysis of the stories young people produced during the digital storytelling workshops in the three countries.
In January, the European Commission proposed a set of draft Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade. June Lowery-Kingston of DG CONNECT describes the principles as a “sort of moral compass” to lay out our values and intentions for current and future innovation and regulation.