CEN-CENELEC Workshop on Age Appropriate Digital Services Framework

The CEN-CENELC Workshop Agreement (CWA) provides a set of processes for digital services when end users are children, and, by doing so, aids in the tailoring of the services that are provided so that they are age appropriate.

This is essential to creating a digital environment that supports, by design and delivery, children’s safety, privacy, autonomy, agency, and health, specifically providing a set of guidelines and best practices and thereby offering a level of validation for service design decisions.


The CWA can be used by engineers and technologists consider children’s rights and well-being throughout the stages of concept exploration and development. It provides implementable processes to help align innovation management to make processes, system design approaches, and software engineering methods age appropriate and, in doing so, reduce risk and, wherever possible, amplify the benefits of the digital world for end users under the age of 18.


The CWA reflects the rights of children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, further elaborated in the UNCRC General comment No. 25 (2021) as regards the digital environment.


The CWA is based on IEEE Std 2089TM-2021, IEEE Standard for an Age Appropriate Digital Services Framework Based on the 5Rights Principles for Children.


The CWA is now ready for public consultation. Comments on the CWA are to be submitted by 5th April 2023 to the WS secretary Christian GASSER (c.gasser@ove.at) using the commenting form below :

You are also kindly invited to indicate your willingness to sign this CWA.


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