Life Under Coronavirus: Children’s Views on their Experiences of their Human Rights

Laura Lundy, Bronagh Byrne, Katrina Lloyd, Michelle Templeton, Nicolas Brando, Mary-Louise Corr, Evie Heard, Lucy Holland, Mandi MacDonald, Gerry Marshall, Siobhan McAlister, Catherine McNamee, Karen Orr, Dirk Schubotz, Emilia Symington, Colm Walsh, Kristen Hope, Prathit Singh, G. Neill, Laura H. V. Wright

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Abstract Children have a right to have their views sought and given due weight on all matters affecting them, including at times of emergency and crisis. This article describes the process and findings of the ground-breaking CovidUnder19 survey (“Life Under Coronavirus”) which was co-designed with children for children, capturing the experiences of over 26,000 children in 137 countries as to the realisation of their human rights during the first six months of the covid-19 pandemic. Key findings are discussed through the lens of the crc’ s four general principles, read alongside children’s rights, inter alia, to education, play and to be protected from harm. It argues that governments and public bodies should have sought children’s views – not just because they were under an obligation to do so – but because such engagement, now and in crises to come, provides an early warning system that enables decision-makers to mitigate some of the adverse consequences of their responses for children and their rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-285
Number of pages25
Journal International Journal of Children's Rights
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021


  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Covid-19
  • Youth
  • Children


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