In 2015, Child representatives from Children's Media Literacy Education Research Center had been invited as speakers in one of the Asia Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) workshops. After the conference, the participated youth and children started the idea of organising a platform for peers to exchange view on the Internet Governance issues in China. With the support from the public and the government, the first Chinese Internet conference for children had been held on July 2016, in Guangzhou. Child representatives and teachers from over 10 cities had engaged in this event.
以此为基础，来自中国的社会组织，学界，商界，政府，科技群体组成多方利益相关者活动组委会，与孩子们合作，开展“中国青年互联网治理论坛- 儿童及青少年互联网大会”项目。项目为联合国互联网治理论坛（IGF）倡议行动之一。是次论坛也是国际上同类项目的首度尝试，希望扩展参与会议的对象扩展到儿童群组（14岁以下儿童），以及将讨论议题集中于儿童身上。中国青年互联网治理论坛（YouthIGF China）活动组委会在不同的利益相关者的参与下组建，以创建一个符合“聯合國互联网治理论坛”核心原则的平台，希望可以更有效地鼓励儿童和青少年表达对互联网议题的想法和增加对此之了解。
Moving this forward, related stakeholders, concerning the media literacy of children, from civil society, academia, private sector, government and technical community, have formed the Multi-stakeholder steering committee (MSG). Working with children and youth, MSG has initiated the YouthIGF of China - Internet Summit for Children and Youth project. The YouthIGF China is now one of the recognised Internet Governance Forum Initiatives supported by United Nations. At the same time, YouthIGF China is one the first initiatives with the mission to engage the younger generation (Children aged under 14) in the Internet governance discussion, as well as emphasis the discussion on the child-related topics during the forum. Meanwhile, YouthIGF China is operating under the principle of IGF initiatives. It is hoping to raise awareness of children’s well-being online and empower our next generation of the society.
On 19 September 2018, during the Guangdong Provincial Network Publicity Week, YouthIGF China was held in Guangzhou with the cooperation and support from the government, private sectors and the public. Children's representatives from 10 cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Foshan, Nanning, Baoding, Xining and Lanzhou, participated in the forum. They had formed research groups in advance to study the Internet issues regarding social gaming and networking, online learning, popular online videos, parent-child relationships, as well as Internet slangs. During the forum, they had announced the findings of their prepared research, and discussed the issues with school teachers and parents, as well as "adult observers" from different government departments and Internet corporates.
In addition to the IGF principles, YouthIGF China is also upholding the value highlighted in United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). We shared the belief of respecting the agency of children, empowering their rights as well as supporting their participation. Through the program, we are hoping to raise the awareness of public on media literacy of our next generation and nurturing their consciousness of being responsible netizens. More importantly, parents should build better relations with children, and the society at large should hold hand in hand for the betterment of the cyberspace.
IGF Core Principles
YouthIGF of China is following the core principles of the IGF
Open and Transparent
Core elements of YouthIGF China 2018
The announcement of the Child Online Report and Discussion Session
Child representatives from 10 cities in China announced the first child-led research on Internet issues, namely “Child Online Safety Report of China 2018”
E-development Scheme Introduction
Peer lecturers of E-Development Scheme visit the village in remote area, sharing the knowledge of media literacy with other students. During the event, they had been officially appointed and encouraged to continue the work by engaging their peers to the team.
Child Internet Ambassador CRO initiative
Among the child researchers, the one with outstanding performance had been appointed as Child Internet Ambassadors, representing children from China to share their voice, participate and present their report in Internet Governance Forum of other regions.
Joint declaration on promoting child online safety by tech corporates and children
Representatives from tech corporates including Tencent and Tik Tok announced their joint declaration on promoting child online safety during the forum.
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