A Children’s Bill Of Rights – Why We Need One?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The following is part of a series of articles on the rights and responsibilities of children and of families.  On our site, we’ve published a Children’s Bill Of Rights.  Take a look at http://www.stepsed.com/childrens-bill-of-rights.php

This first article deals with the need for a Children’s Bill of Rights.

Why would we need another Children’s Bill of Rights?  That’s right, I said “another”.   I found a bunch of them on the Internet, and I’m certain there are many more out there.  In fact, I used as a model one I located that had been authored by children and for children.  Children from many nations worked together via the Internet toward the end of the 1990s and wrote a fine Bill of Rights for themselves.  It is so fine, in fact, that many of the headings (though not all of them, and none of the content) in our Children’s Bill replicates theirs.  This just goes to show that children can think, create, write, and largely understand the world around them at a level adults do not often acknowledge.

One problem I had with their Bill of Rights was that it was entirely “rights” oriented, and rather conveniently skipped over the idea of children’s obligations and responsibilities.  It also tended to ignore the parent’s rights where a child is concerned, such as the right to keep a child safe.  I felt that a real Children’s Bill of Rights has to be found acceptable to both children and adults, if it is to have any force.  (I’ll be authoring a Parent’s Bill of Rights soon, and then a Family Bill.)

Another problem I had with the Bill authored by children is that it was sort of a “dead end”.  By this I mean that one could read it…  Read Entire Article…


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