21st November 2024


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313


Thursday 21 November 2024, 17.30 – 19:00 GMT, followed by a reception until 20:00 GMT.

Every year, in November, the international community celebrates World Children’s Day. It is a key opportunity to promote awareness of children’s rights and what is needed to achieve them.

The Children’s Rights Group at Doughty Street Chambers is delighted that this year’s Children’s Rights Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sonia Livingstone, who will be speaking on ‘Children’s Rights Apply Online as Offline – or Do They? Emerging Challenges in Implementing Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment’.

The expectation that children’s rights apply online as offline has been reinforced by recent developments in law and policy. But ensuring this is reflected in practice is proving challenging in multiple ways. Society is struggling with the sheer scale of the problems children face that appear linked to the digital environment, as well as the seeming unaccountability of global tech companies. Finding the ‘solutions’ to these problems, however, will change the internet as we know it, for better and for worse. Drawing on examples of efforts to regulate and redesign children’s digital learning, safety and play, this lecture examines some of the ways in which children’s rights are beginning to be applied online – and the barriers that remain.

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She has published 21 books on media audiences, children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment, including “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (OUP 2020). Since founding the EC-funded 33 country “EU Kids Online” research network, and Global Kids Online (with UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti), she has advised the Council of Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF. She  is currently leading the Digital Futures for Children centre at LSE with the 5Rights Foundation.

The event will be chaired by Professor Aoife Nolan, co-lead of the Children’s Rights Group at Doughty Street Chambers.

The lecture will be followed by an expert panel discussion, as well as a Q&A session with the audience. More information on the panel speakers will be available in due course.

Register your place by emailing: events@doughtystreet.co.uk