Parents, carers, teachers and professionals are not sufficiently aware of the negative online experiences children have and they do not listen well and structurally to the opinion and feedback of children and young people about improving the digital environment. As UN member states, we therefore do not sufficiently comply with an important part of the General Comment 25 of the United Nations when it comes to:
“Respecting the views of the child
The member state should make children more aware of digital resources to express their opinions and promote access to them, and provide children with training and support to participate on an equal basis with older people, if necessary on an anonymous basis, so that they can participate effectively way to defend their rights, individually and as a group.
In developing legislation, policies, programmes, services and training on children's rights in relation to the digital world, the member state should involve all children and listen to their needs and give due consideration to their views. It should ensure that digital service providers engage actively with children, apply appropriate safeguards and take due account of children's views when developing products and services.
The member state is encouraged to use the digital environment to ask children for their views on relevant legislative, administrative and other measures and to ensure that their views are taken seriously and that children's participation does not result in unnecessary monitoring or data collection that violates their right on privacy, freedom of thought and opinion. It should ensure that consultative processes include children who do not have access to technology or who do not have the skills to use it.”