CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 49
Plain English recommendation
(a) Tackle bullying and violence in schools, through teaching human rights, building respect for diversity and improving conflict-resolution skills. Monitor incidences of bullying at school and involve children in programmes to monitor and reduce bullying.
(b) Train children, teachers and families on the safe use of information and digital technologies. Teach children about the severe effects of online bullying. Involve social media companies in efforts to combat cyber bullying.
(c) Take immediate action to protect children from violence by paramilitaries (and/or gangs), and from recruitment into violent activities.
Original UN recommendation
The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Intensify its efforts to tackle bullying and violence in schools, including by teaching human rights, building the capacities of students and staff members to respect diversity at school, improving students’ conflict-resolution skills, monitoring regularly the incidences of bullying at school and involving children in the initiatives and monitoring aimed at eliminating bullying;
(b) In the light of the recommendations resulting from the day of general discussion on digital media and children’s rights, train children, teachers and families on the safe use of
information and communication technologies, raise awareness among children on the severe effects that online bullying can have on their peers and increase the involvement of social media outlets in the efforts to combat cyberbullying;
(c) Take immediate and effective measures to protect children from violence by non-State actors involved in paramilitary-style attacks and from recruitment by such actors into violent activities, including through measures relating to transitional and criminal justice.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
19 (protection from all forms of violence)