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What are Children’s Rights?

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As adults, we often forget that children are not just small versions of ourselves with fewer rights. They have their own unique set of needs and deserve to be treated as individuals with specific requests. We will explore children’s rights in this blog article, including what they are, why they are important, and how they can affect a child’s growth. Be ready to discover more about the basic values that every child deserves!

What are Children’s Rights?

All children have certain rights, regardless of where they live, their parent’s income, whether they are boys or girls, what language they speak, what religion they follow, or whether they have a disability.

These rights are protected under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which became international law in 1989 and has since been ratified by all UN members save for the United States.

The CRC is based on three core principles: dignity, autonomy, and interdependence. It spells out these and other rights in 54 articles. The CRC also establishes that adults – primarily governments but parents and others – must uphold children’s rights.

According to the concept of dignity, every child has inherent worth and value as a human being. Every kid ought to be treated with respect and to have their best interests considered at all times, and this principle serves as the foundation for all the others.

Autonomy refers to a child gradually gaining control over their life as they mature. The CRC recognizes that even very young children have preferences and abilities and should therefore be given increasing opportunities to make life decisions as they grow older.

Interdependence acknowledges that all people are connected and rely on each other. It is particularly relevant for children because they depend on adults for care and protection.

The Child Rights Convention of the United Nations

The Child Rights Convention of the UN is a global agreement that safeguards children’s rights. The convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and came into force on September 2, 1990. As of September 2016, the convention has been ratified by 196 states.

The convention establishes a set of standards for the treatment of children by governments and provides for monitoring state compliance by the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The convention sets out the following rights:

– The right to life (article 6)

– Rights to survival and growth (Article 6)

– Protection from all types of violence (Article 19)

– Freedom from all forms of exploitation (Article 20)

– The right to education (article 28)

– The right to play and recreation (article 31)

The Four Core Principles of the CRC

The CRC has four core principles:

  • Non-discrimination
  • The best interests of the child
  • The right to life, survival, and development
  • Respect for the views of the child

All children should have the same rights, regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, or national or socioeconomic origin. This is what is meant by non-discrimination. All choices involving children must be made with the best interests of the kid as their main priority. Health care, education, proper nourishment, and a healthy environment are all part of the right to life, survival, and development. Respecting a child’s opinions requires that adults pay attention to what kids have to say and consider what they have to say.

Implementing Children’s Rights

When it comes to children’s rights, implementation is key. Without effective implementation, children’s rights cannot be fully realized.

There are several ways to implement children’s rights. One way is through national laws and policies. Governments can create an environment where children can thrive by enacting laws and policies that protect and promote children’s rights.

Another way to implement children’s rights is through educational initiatives. Educating adults and children about their rights ensures that everyone knows what they are entitled to and how to assert them.

Finally, civil society organizations are important in implementing children’s rights. These organizations hold governments accountable for protecting and promoting children’s rights and provide vital support to children and families.

We can ensure that all children enjoy their full rights by working together.

What Does the Future Hold for Children’s Rights?

There are many different opinions on the future of children’s rights. Some people believe that children’s rights will continue to be violated and that not much will change. Others believe that children’s rights will slowly be respected more and more as time goes on. Yet it’s impossible to predict what the future will bring. No of what the future holds, it is critical to continue working for children’s rights since they are a serious issue. 

One of the main issues for children’s rights in the future is the potential for exploitation. Technology has made it easier to exploit children, and these issues must be addressed. It will likely involve stronger laws, better enforcement of existing laws, and resources devoted to helping victims of exploitation.

Another major issue that needs to be addressed is access to education. Education helps children develop their skills and knowledge and gives them a better chance at a successful future. Ensuring every child has access to quality education protects their rights and gives them a bright future.

Finally, we must continue to fight for greater recognition of children’s rights worldwide. Too often, countries do not have strong enough laws or enforcement of those laws on behalf of children’s rights, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected. We must ensure that all countries recognize the importance of protecting children’s rights.


In conclusion, children’s rights can be broken down into a few main categories: the right to live, an education, and protection from abuse. Although these rights should be respected in all countries, unfortunately, there are still many places where they are not fulfilled. Therefore, everyone needs to raise awareness of this issue and work towards creating a world that respects children’s rights. By doing so, we will make a better future for our children and generations to come.

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