Child Rights by Design

Guidance for innovators of digital products and services used by children

Credits and References

The Digital Futures Commission

The Digital Futures Commission (DFC) is an exciting research collaboration of unique organisations that invites innovators, policymakers, regulators, academics and civil society to unlock digital innovation in the interests of children and young people. It seeks to put the needs of children and young people into the minds and work plans of digital innovators, businesses, regulators and governments. It calls for a critical examination of how innovation is reconfiguring children’s lives to reimagine the digital world in value-sensitive ways that uphold their rights and take practical steps to meet their needs.

The DFC research team, led by Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, has three workstreams: play in a digital world, beneficial uses of education data, and guidance for innovators. Each is informed by children’s voices and underpinned by research and outputs geared toward real-world change for children.


David Halpern, Chief Executive, The Behavioural Insights Team 

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Founder and Chair, 5Rights Foundation 

Ansgar Koene, Global Al Ethics and Regulatory Leader, EY 

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Professor Helen Margetts OBE, The Alan Turing Institute 

Professor Mark Mon-Williams, University of Leeds 

Professor Dorothy Monekosso, Durham University 

Professor Brian O’Neill, Technological University Dublin 

Michael Preston, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Sesame Workshop 

Anna Rafferty, Vice President, Digital Consumer Engagement, The LEGO Group 

Dee Saigal, Co-Founder and CEO, Erase All Kittens

Farida Shaheed, Shirkat Gah, Women’s Resource Centre 

Roger Taylor, Open Data Partners

Adrian Woolard, Head of Research & Development, BBC

Biographies for the Commissioners are here.
Biographies for the researchers are here.


We thank the many experts, designers and innovators who helped with this report as well as our Commissioners, the Digital Futures Commission researchers and the 5Rights team, and the children who joined our consultation workshops.
Suggested citation format: Livingstone, S. & Pothong, K. (2023). Child Rights by Design: Guidance for Innovators of Digital Products and Services Used by Children. Digital Futures Commission, 5Rights Foundation.


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