Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe ‑ 2021

About the conference

“Rights, opportunities and well-being of children and young people in the digital age” is the conference of the 2021 Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Organised by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, the event contributes to summarising the results of the five year impact of the Council of Europe’s Strategy on the Rights of Children (2016-2021) on the digital environment.

The conference pays special attention to the changes, dangers and opportunities that have emerged from the specific measures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic of the last one and a half years and the day-to-day activities of digital education and online learning, while also paying attention to the assertion of children’s and students’ rights, in particular to the well-being of children and young people (physical, intellectual and mental health), as well as to family values and the situation of families, disadvantaged groups and those societal groups who lag behind.

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The schedule and the line-up of lecturers are subject to change due to last-minute adjustments.

7 October 2021
schedule 09:30 – 09:50

welcome speeches

Prof. Dr. László Palkovics
Minister of the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology
(virtual lecture)

Bjørn Berge
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
(virtual lecture)

schedule 09.50 – 11.15

keynote presentations

Regina Jensdottir
Head of the Children’s Rights Division at Council of Europe Coordinator for the Rights of the Child, Council of Europe
(virtual lecture)
“The Rights of the Child in the digital environment: between full access and protection from harm.”

dr. Lajos Aáry-Tamás
Commissioner for Educational Rights, Hungary
“Effect of the Digital Turn to the Right to Education”

schedule 11:15 – 11:45

refreshment break

schedule 11:45 – 13:00

keynote presentations

Prof. Sonia Livingstone
Professor of Social Psychology at London School of Economics and Political Science
“Digital parenting and media literacy in the context of children’s rights”
(virtual lecture)

Dr. Michael Remmert
Head of the Education Policy Division, Council of Europe
“Education as an enabling factor for children and young people to use the opportunities of the digital world while protecting themselves against associated risks”
(virtual lecture)

Tracey C. Burns PhD
Chief of Research and Senior Analyst, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
“Educating children in the digital age”
(virtual lecture)

schedule 13:00 – 14:00

lunch break

schedule 14:00 – 15:15

keynote presentations

Dr. Balázs Hankó
deputy state secretary for higher education, Hungary
“The impact of 21st century technologies on the management, organisation and operation of higher education on macro-level.”

Dr. Balázs Könnyid
Secretary General at the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Hungary
“Education in the time of COVID-19 – the challenges and experiences in the children’s rights protection through the eyes of the Hungarian Ombudsman”

Ernest Jenavs
Co-founder and CEO at Edurio
“Collaboration that transforms decision making and improves education”
(virtual lecture)

schedule 15:15 – 16.00

“Well-being of children and students in the digital space” – roundtable discussion
(virtual, with the moderator Attila Rausch and Levente Juhász present at the venue in person)

Attila Rausch – assistant professor at Institute of Education at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary – moderator

Alexander Seger – Executive Secretary of Cybercrime Convention Committee and Head of Cybercrime Division at Council of Europe

Christel De Craim – Chairperson, Lanzarote Committee, Council of Europe

Dr. Riina Vuorikari – Research Fellow, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre – Sevilla

Levente Juhász – Public Policy Manager, Google

schedule 16:00 – 16:30

refreshment break

schedule 16:30 – 18:00

“Children rights: Digital challenges and innovations” session
(virtual, with the session leader András Koltay Phd. and participant Borbála Timár present in person at the venue)

András Koltay Phd. – Rector and Professor at the National University of Public Service, Hungary

Elizabeth Milovidov, Ph.D., J.D. – e-safety consultant, attorney law professor and child rights advocate

Dr. Alicia Blum-Ross – researcher, advocate and educator helping children more safely connect, create and learn online

Borbála Timár – pedagogical expert, Digital Child Protection Strategy of Hungary

Susanna Greijer – Research Consultant at ECPAT International and the Council of Europe

Christel De Craim – Chairperson, Lanzarote Committee, Council of Europe

8 October 2021
schedule 10.00 – 10.05


schedule 10.05 – 10.30

Sevinj Fataliyeva
Member of the permanent delegation of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

“Raising children in the digital world: risks, values and opportunities”
(virtual lecture)

schedule 10.30 – 12.00

“The impact of 21st century technologies on the management, organisation and operation of higher education on micro-level.” session
(virtual, with the session leader Dr. Laura Sinóros-Szabó and participants Petra Perényi, Gergely Mohay and Dr. Péter Szakál present at the venue in person)

Petra Perényi (rapporteur) – Head of Digital Higher Education Competence Centre at Digital Success Nonprofit Ltd.

Assoc. Prof. Ján Gunčaga, PhD. – Comenius University in Bratislava · Department of Science Education

Prof. Ruaidhri Neavyn – Special Advisor on Higher Education, Irish Higher Education Authority

Prof. RNDr. Jozef Hvorecký, PhD. – Professor at the Institute of Technology and Economics in České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Dr. Péter Szakál – Educational director, University of Szeged

Gergely Mohay – Head of Department for Youth Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office under the Minister without Portfolio responsible for Family Affairs

schedule 12.00 – 13.00

lunch break

schedule 13.00 – 14.30

“Cross-sectoral cooperation in digital education” session
(virtual, with the session leader Balázs Koren and participant Dr. Csilla Stéger present at the venue in person)

Balázs Koren – professional leader, Hipersuli, Telenor, Hungary

Dr. Csilla Stéger – economist and a PhD in educational science, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hungary

Dragana Kupres – Strategic and project management in education, education research, innovation and policy, Croatian Academic and Research Network

Peter Claxton – Senior Director, EdTech Solutions at ViewSonic

Alexa Joyce – Digital Transformation & Skills Director – EMEA  Microsoft Corp.

schedule 14.30 – 15.00

closing of the conference

Dr. András Levente Gál
professional leader of the Digital Success Programme in Hungary
(virtual lecture)

Zoltán Loboda
Head of Digital Competence Division at Digital Success Nonprofit Ltd.

About the roundtable discussion and the afternoon sessions

Well-being of children and students in the digital space

The pandemic accelerated the digital transformation in education, which is a positive development, as digitalisation was needed in this sector as well, but it also had its downsides. It has had a major impact on the lives of children and young people. Different countries have tackled the challenges with different intensity, resources and approaches.

The roundtable will bring together professionals from different fields with experience in the impact of the digital world on children and young people. With them, we seek answers to the following questions: How has this period affected the well-being of pupils and students? What challenges have they faced? What can help Member States and their educational institutions to develop and implement e-safety policies and procedures? In this roundtable discussion, we will explore these questions with our guests.

The impact of 21st century technologies on the management, organisation and operation of higher education on micro-level

The transition to digital education during the pandemic caught education administrations in all Member States by surprise, at varying levels of development. The challenge is huge, but the response has been to create, mobilise and make an enormous amount of knowledge accessible to many people on an extraordinary scale. At the same time, the development of students ‘and teachers’ digital competence and its shortcomings have also surfaced.

With the help of invited speakers, we will explore how the challenges of 21st century technologies in teaching and learning have changed the lives of children and young people. Several good practices have emerged at local and national level and need to be collected, systematised and analysed in a comprehensive way so that they can be adopted internationally. There is also a question of what systemic solutions have evolved alongside individual good practices, and what improvements can be made to support system development. Using the experiences of the last year, we are searching in what direction we can expect changes and developments in teaching methodologies and learning strategies. The session will take place online.

Children rights: Digital challenges and innovations

The Covid-19 pandemic implied determinant changes in all dimensions of people’s life, from the youngest to the eldest people. Studies at higher educational institutions continued through distance and by means of notably digital solutions. In this section we are going to listen to several examples how higher educational institutions tackled the situation caused by the pandemic, discuss related experiences and exchange views on what is worth keeping in the daily practice in the future.

The discussion will be backed up with selected outcomes of surveys done among professionals and university educators, includes experiences of institutions in different European regions, and will focus on digital solutions that made teaching and learning processes more effective, and catalysed international cooperation. By means of a roundtable discussion we’ll try to arrive to a conclusion on the question: How could we achieve a balance between the use of online and in-person educational methods?

Cross-sectoral cooperation in digital education

Today, cross-sectoral cooperation is essential to overcome the various challenges facing society. This has been no different in the field of child protection and education in the recent period of pandemic, when the role of the digital world has become more and more dominant part of our lives.

The rapid transition of education systems to digital working has been, to a large extent, due to the cooperation between market stakeholders, the education sector (public education, higher education) and public administration. Both global and country-specific solutions have worked well.

The session will provide an opportunity to learn about some intersectoral good practices through the experiences of the invited speakers and thereby to learn from each other, which could also be a basis for developing international


The conference is a hybrid event.

Mindful of the pandemic, in-person attendance is open only for invited guests currently residing or staying in Hungary. For personal attendance we invite in particular – but not limited to:

  • the delegates of the representative bodies of the Council of Europe Member States’ and the Observer States’ to Hungary, and international organizations;
  • delegates of administrative authorities from Hungrary;
  • experts and academics of the field from Hungary.

The venue of the conference: European Youth Centre (Budapest, Zivatar u. 1, 1024)

Other participants can attend the event online through a virtual platform provided by KUDO. We will send the event link to access the KUDO system in e-mail the day before the event, so please check the e-mail account you have registered with, including your trash folder.

Entry to the event is linked to valid proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

In person attendance is limited to a maximum of 100 persons.

The conference will be available in English, French and Hungarian languages with simultaneous translation.


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