London councils under fire for plans to build homes on play areas

Harriet Grant of The Guardian reports that Councils in London are facing resistance over plans to build homes on children’s play spaces in inner-city estates. Housebuilding plans are being drawn up across the capital in an attempt to reduce housing waiting lists. Southwark council alone aims to build 11,000 homes for social rent by 2043 and is … Continue reading London councils under fire for plans to build homes on play areas

TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data

Former Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield is mounting a legal challenge against TikTok and its use of children's data. This is another step in attempts to keep children's data safe online, following on from the European Commission publishing 2030 Digital Compass: the European way for the Digital Decade, in which the Commission gave a … Continue reading TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data

Tell Facebook: no instagram for children

The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) is leading a powerful international coalition of 100 experts, advocates, and organisations in calling on Facebook to abandon its plans to create an Instagram for children. According to an internal memo published by BuzzFeed, Facebook plans to build “a version of Instagram that allows people under the age … Continue reading Tell Facebook: no instagram for children

5Rights welcomes UN General Comment ushering in new standards for children’s rights in digital space

“It’s official – children's rights apply in the digital world! This is a major step forward for how we conceive of the responsibilities of governments and technology businesses - they must now act in children’s best interests, and observe their rights to privacy, safety and access to information that is truthful, adapted to their age … Continue reading 5Rights welcomes UN General Comment ushering in new standards for children’s rights in digital space

A Commission for Childhood is Launched

16th March 2021 “We’re launching a once in a generation “Beveridge Report for children” with an ambitious call to rebuild childhood after the Covid-19 pandemic.” Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Tuesday) launching a once-in-a-generation review of the future of childhood by the Children’s Commissioner’s Office. ‘The Childhood Commission’ will be … Continue reading A Commission for Childhood is Launched

Child Friendly Planning in the UK

Executive SummaryPlanning policy and practice is ultimately about serving the public good, and should therefore ensure the needs of both current and future generations. With that intention, the needs of children must be central in plan and decision-making. Yet, a quick examination of national planning policies reveals children are currently most visible through their absence. … Continue reading Child Friendly Planning in the UK