Children and Young People

The UK is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children have the right to get and share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or others. In exercising the right to freedom of expression, children have the responsibility to also respect the rights, freedoms and reputations of others. The freedom of expression includes the right to share information in any way they choose, including by talking, drawing or writing
Article 13 of Convention on the Rights of the Child covers Freedom of Expression

Within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 5 encourages parents to deal with rights issues "in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child”.

CILIP accepts that filtering will be used in children's and school libraries. This is included in the Council of Europe Guidelines on public access and freedom of expression in networked information.

We believe that filtering alone is not effective and education is essential. Skilled librarians play an important role providing advice and guidance to children and young people. Children need to be taught the necessary digital and information literacy skills so that they can use the internet safely and productively. Library staff should also have the authority to override any filtering system and allow access to blocked material where appropriate.