974th meeting – 27 and 28 September 2006

Item 5.1d

Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC)

d. Draft Recommendation Rec(2006)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on empowering children in the new information and communications environment
(CM(2006)148)

Decision

The Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2006)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on empowering children in the new information and communications environment, as it appears at Appendix 15 to the present volume of Decisions;

In this context, the Deputies stressed the importance of the work carried out by the Council of Europe with regard to promoting human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Information Society. In particular, they referred to the activities undertaken by the Organisation to give follow-up to the recommendation, inter alia, by:

(i) developing guidelines to assist policy makers and practitioners in their efforts to empower children and to improve their critical thinking and active participation through information and education in order to generally prepare children to use information and communication services and technologies in a manner which is responsible, safe and conducive to the exercise and enjoyment of their rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression and information; and

(ii) pursuing its work with a view to developing information literacy and training initiatives regarding:

    - the positive use of online content and communications, in particular with regard to user-generated content, and

    - advice for children on how to recognise content and behaviours carrying a risk of harm.



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