Introduction

In June 2016, the UN published a report known as 'Concluding Observations'. The report is about how the UK is doing at keeping the promises it made to children and young people through the UNCRC. 

One of these ‘observations’ was to simply Make children’s rights education mandatory”.

Although currently not mandatory, children’s and young people’s rights are reflected with the NI school curriculum throughout Key Stages 1 to 4.

CCEA Partnership 

Since 2016, NICCY have been working in partnership with CCEA to promote child rights education within the school environment through developing a series of animations and associated teacher training resources – which can be found at the UNCRC Resource Hub.

Webinar Series

The first schools webinar - to celebrate Universal Children’s Day - was held on 20th November, 2018 when Koulla Yiasouma, the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), two NICCY Youth Panel members and CCEA joined together to host the first ever live chat for primary and post primary teachers and pupils to learn more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Details and report from this webinar can be found here.

Webinar Two - ‘Children and Young People Living in a Digital Environment’

Following the success of their first webinar NICCY and CCEA are hosting a series of further live chats for primary and post primary teachers and pupils.

The next theme is Children and Young People Living in a Digital Environment and it will take place on Friday 21st June 2019, 10.00am – 10.45am.

Ruth Kennedy of CCEA is hosting the webinar along with the Commissioner. They will be joined by Wayne Denner and members of the NICCY Youth Panel.

Wayne is a leading expert about the challenges for children and young people living in a digital world. He engages pupils about positive and responsible use of social media and digital technology and how to protect themselves online.

Background:

Pupils will explore the topic and ask the panel questions directly. These could range from the opportunities the digital world brings to the dangers it can present. The discussions might cover:

  • How digital skills and the digital environment are key aspects of the Northern Ireland Curriculum;
  • How technology can support and improve learning experiences;
  • Safe internet use, including cyberbullying, digital footprints and the right to privacy;
  • Social media and its effects on relationships and self-esteem; and
  • Media literacy such as spotting fake news.

How to take part?

Follow this link - Children and Young People Living in a Digital Environment  - to register. The live discussion is open to all school aged children and young people.

The webinar will be hosted on ‘Collaborate within MySchool’ and a subsequent link will be sent out prior to the 21st June.

More information and preparation

You can find out more information and help prepare your pupils by sharing UNICEF’s ‘The State of the World’s Children — Children in a Digital World, 2017’ report.

You could also explore Digital Skills and e-safety on the CCEA website.

For any further queries, contact participation@niccy.org or ring 028 90311616 and ask for a member of the Participation Team.