Approved on November 20, 1989, by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Convention on the Rights of the Child assures every child “capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child” (Art. 12). At the same time, the document ratified by Portugal on September 21, 1990, establishes the obligation of States Parties to protect children, namely by adopting “all appropriate legal and administrative measures” (Art. 3, paragraph 2). The seminar “Children’s right to participation and data protection: tensions and challenges”, organised by the bYou project and MILObs, will discuss the possible balance between encouraging participation and protection (of data, in particular) of children.
Next November 21, at 4 pm, the online event marks the 33rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a debate between four guests: Dulce Rocha, president of the Child Support Institute, Iolanda Ferreira, coordinator of ZigZag Radio, Luísa Gonçalves, co-coordinator of the Public at School Project, and José Valentim Sousa, director of the Paços de Ferreira Secondary School. The moderation will be led by Sara Pereira, bYou researcher and co-coordinator of MILObs, and Daniel Brandão, co-researcher in charge of bYou.
The bYou project, hosted by the Communication and Society Research Centre of the University of Minho, aims to listen and give voice to children and young people to understand and address the relationship and practices of younger people with the media.
Registration is free and open until November 18. After registration, participants will be sent the link to the session on the Zoom platform.