17:16 . ‘We need to stop petting children; we are still trying to teach them what is right or what is wrong, instead of empowering them. Nowadays, children can access online tools as easily as adults, which means they have the same access to information and can decide for themselves, sooner than we’d think. They are equal citizens.
This is why we try to find a common ground between European political families. Children’s rights are bigger than our political differences. My ideal idea of Europe is one that gives every child the opportunity to be well educated and informed and thus be able to make informed decisions. I am sure then that all children would grow up wanting to be progressive and accepting of others.
* Children – meaning individuals aged 0 to 18
(Emilio is the coordinator of the intergroup for children’s rights at the European Parliament.)