Stimulating the debate on children's rights
KidsRights conducts and publishes research through the KidsRights Index, the only global ranking that anually measures how children’s rights are respected worldwide and to what extent countries are committed in improving the rights of children. It comprises a ranking of all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, as of 2022 a total of 185 countries are part of the Index.
In 2022 over 3,2 billion people were reached.
The KidsRights Index is a mean for governments, organizations, children and basically everyone to take action for children’s rights. Based on the results of the Index, KidsRights advises governments on what they can do to improve children’s development.
Providing background information for changemakers
Each winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize is dedicated to a specific child rights theme. KidsRights conducts research on these themes to provide background to our work and that of the winners. This research is published in our KidsRights Reports.
The research has been conducted in collaboration with Leiden University. Governments, aid organizations and children use the research reports in their work.
2022 AI register of children in The Netherlands: mapping children's awareness, ethical and social sense-making and imaginaries of artificially intelligent systems by meaningful participation
Imagine a world where our children have a voice and an active role in shaping the development of artificial intelligence systems. Thanks to a collaborative research effort between KidsRights and DesignLab at the University of Twente, this vision is becoming a reality in the Netherlands. Our goal is to enable meaningful child participation in the discussion around AI systems – a crucial topic in our rapidly evolving world.
While AI innovations are booming, children’s perspectives are often excluded from the conversation. This is a mistake, as children not only possess unique insights, but they can also be more vulnerable to the impacts of these systems. By capturing their intuitive sense-making skills, the researchers hope to gain valuable knowledge that can be used to shape ethical, socially responsible, and child-centered AI design frameworks and educational strategies.
Children between the ages of 6 and 18 were surveyed, and the vast majority of respondents were between 6 and 13 years old. Through their answers, the researchers were able to gain insights into which AI systems children recognized and how they described their interactions with these systems. By thinking critically about the potential impacts – both positive and negative – of AI systems, and considering desirable and undesirable future impacts, the children’s voices have become a powerful force in shaping the future of AI development.
The full report will be published in Spring 2023.