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Media and Children’s Rights

Media may play a positive role in promoting, protecting, and monitoring the rights of children or, on the contrary, in spreading stereotypes or prejudice, which can negatively affect the realization of those rights. Children’s representation in mainstream media can influence public opinion, the degree of children’s rights implementation in society, and government alignment with the standards and principles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). Therefore, integrating a rights-based approach in journalism education and professional practices becomes a tool for embedding the concept of children’s rights at source, with a view toward guaranteeing their promotion but also enhancing overall standards in journalism. Considering the level of children’s and young people’s consumption and engagement with new media, media and digital literacy, ...

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