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Revisiting the Rights of a Filipino Child in the Digital Age

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Whenever babies are born around the world, it is an obvious fact that there are different circumstances. For most couples, it was a mutual decision to sire and raise a family. For others, the pregnancy was a fortuitous accident. But there are still others that are unwanted so in the process were given up. That’s the most unfortunate part. There are even those who are born amid violence and political unrest. Thankfully, children are protected by law. As declared in the Geneva Convention, the human rights of a Filipino child should be upheld (ideally) at all times. These should all the more be upheld in the digital age when threats are enormous and often unseen.

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Our eldest had a very interesting time at the Museo Pambata in Manila.

10 Rights of a Filipino Child

When a child has been prayed for and longed for, there is such a strong emotion and burst of pride when that child is born. Before the child is born, the parents prepare themselves physically and emotionally. A nursery is set up at home and the entire house undergoes child-proofing. The expectant parents even take different prenatal classes to be fully equipped when the child arrives.

When the child finally comes out, parents dote on the newborn, giving him or her all their attention, resources, and love. They only want to give the best care and nutrition for their baby.

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Let kids be kids. Let them enjoy their childhood. They can learn while having fun.

But not all children are that fortunate to have loving parents. Thankfully, the law is on their side.

A Child’s Needs Covered

Here are the ten basic rights of a Filipino child.

  1. The right to be born and be declared a citizen of the country.
  2. To be free and have a family who will take care of him or her.
  3. The right to have access to education.
  4. To be able to develop his or her potential.
  5. The right to have enough food and shelter, and to have a healthy and active body.
  6. For access to opportunities for play and leisure.
  7. To be protected against child abuse, danger, and violence brought about by war and conflict.
  8. The right to live in a peaceful community.
  9. To be defended and assisted by the government.
  10. The freedom to express his or her views.
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Children have the right to be safe in the online and physical world. This was taken years ago when we visited the Mind Museum.

The Rights of a Filipino Child in the Digital Age

When the rights of the child were formulated in the Geneva Convention, that was still in the 1940s. They didn’t have computers and internet back then. Not sure if these are institutionalized, but I think that children’s rights in the digital age should also be institutionalized.

These rights highlight the importance of creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering digital environment for children, ages 0 to 18. The internet is a place where they can explore, learn, and connect with others while being protected from harm and exploitation. It requires collaboration among governments, technology companies, educators, parents, and civil society to uphold and promote these rights effectively.

Right to Privacy

Children have the right to privacy online, including protection from unauthorized access to their personal information. Platforms and services should prioritize privacy settings and ensure that children understand how their data is being used.

Right to Safety

Children have the right to be safe from harmful content, cyberbullying, exploitation, and other risks while using digital platforms. This includes measures to prevent exposure to inappropriate material and to mitigate online harassment.

Right to Access Information and Education

Children have the right to access accurate and age-appropriate information online for educational purposes. Efforts should be made to bridge the digital divide and ensure equitable access to educational resources and opportunities.

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Stimulate their curiosity.

Right to Freedom of Expression

Children have the right to express themselves online, subject to reasonable restrictions to protect their well-being and the rights of others. Platforms should provide a supportive environment for children to share their thoughts and ideas safely.

Right to Digital Literacy

Children have the right to receive education and support to develop digital literacy skills, including critical thinking, media literacy, and online safety awareness. This empowers them to navigate the digital world responsibly and effectively.

Right to Participation

Children have the right to participate in decisions that affect them online, including policies, regulations, and design of digital platforms. Their perspectives should be considered in the development of technologies and online services.

Right to Digital Well-being

Children have the right to a healthy balance between online and offline activities, with measures in place to prevent excessive screen time and promote digital well-being. This includes support for managing digital distractions and fostering meaningful offline relationships.

Right to Data Protection

Children have the right to have their personal data protected online, with safeguards in place to prevent unauthorized collection, use, and disclosure of their information. Data protection regulations should take into account the specific needs and vulnerabilities of children.

Right to Redress

Children have the right to seek redress and remedies for harm experienced online, including access to support services, reporting mechanisms, and avenues for legal recourse against perpetrators of online abuse or exploitation.

Right to be Forgotten

Children have the right to have their personal data deleted or removed from online platforms when it is no longer necessary or relevant for the purposes for which it was collected.

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