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"4Children-by-Children”: A child-friendly campaign to overcome prejudice about Roma

Often, children know best when it comes to influencing and developing their peers’ attitudes.

The “4Children-by-Children” initiative has produced child-friendly materials, as part of the Council of Europe’s “DOSTA!” campaign to end prejudice and challenge stereotypes about Roma. They were developed through a child consultation process, involving 70 children between the ages of 12 and 15 from Albania, Hungary and Spain, who took part in specially designed “think tank” activities.

Three videos and a child-friendly webpage tackle some of the biggest stereotypes around Roma, and call on children to speak out against discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. Materials are available in 6 languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, English, French, Hungarian, Spanish).

During the month of International Roma Day (8 April) this child-friendly campaign makes a timely call: open your mind, go beyond prejudice!

Further information about the child-friendly DOSTA! campaign

Open your mind, go beyond stereotypes! 

Open your mind, go beyond prejudice! 

Give nothing to Racism! 

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New digital parenting guide by the Council of Europe

Strasbourg 6 November 2020
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New digital parenting guide by the Council of Europe

To foster and concretely support positive digital parenting approaches, the Council of Europe has published a new guidance tool on "Parenting in the digital age" containing “positive parenting strategies for different scenarios”. The guide promotes the idea that positive parenting practices, based on open communication and trust, should be extended into the online world, and provides hands-on advice on how to react, as a parent or caregiver, to critical situations encountered by children. Likewise, parents and caregivers are called upon to closely watch their own behaviours as they share online (images for example) or regularly use digital technologies throughout the day.

In line with a previous Digital parenting guide (2017), the Internet Literacy Handbook (2017), and relevant Council of Europe standards, such as CM/Rec(2018)7 on Guidelines to protect, respect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment, our Organisation continues to call for a balanced approach both supporting children’s equal opportunities in accessing digital technologies and their protection from harm.


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