bYou/Milobs seminar on the tension between children’s rights to participation and data protection

Approved on 20 November 1989 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes the right of every young person to express “their opinion freely in all matters affecting them” (Art. 12). At the same time, the document ratified by Portugal on 21 September 1990 indicates as an obligation of States the protection of children, namely by adopting “all appropriate legislative 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 21 November, at 4pm, 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 in charge of Sara Pereira, bYou researcher and co-coordinator of MILObs, and Daniel Brandão, co-responsible investigator of bYou. The bYou project, hosted by the Centre for Communication and Society Studies of the University of Minho, aims to listen and give voice to children and young people in order to understand and problematize the relationship and practices of young people with the media.

Registrations are free and can be made until 18th November, at the following link: After registration, participants will receive the link to the session on the Zoom platform.

[News published in on November 16, 2022]

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