You should give your children privacy

My right to privacy

Every child has a right to privacy. This applies to various things, such as your room, letters, your diaries but also your mobile phone. Find out more here.

My own realm

At home you also want to have your peace and quiet and be able to withdraw. This is also your right, according to Article 16 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. If you've had a busy day, you might want to be alone and rest. Just open the door - but sometimes it's not that easy.

If you share your room with your siblings, it often doesn't work out so well. Sometimes it is also the parents who do not give rest. It is ideal if every child has their own place of retreat. If you don't have a room of your own, you can create your own little kingdom. This can be a loft bed or a small, shielded cozy corner. There you can chill, read, listen to music or just let your thoughts go.

What is still private?

Private is everything that concerns you personally. Many children also want to be alone in the bathroom. This private area should be preserved in any case. If you lock the door, your parents should respect that too. Children's rights also protect the child's honor: Nobody is allowed to make claims about a child that could damage their reputation. So it is forbidden to expose someone with lies or exaggerations.

How private is my cell phone?

Some parents are extremely curious. But can they just sniff around and control you? No! Secretly reading diaries or letters, spying on the cell phone and reading chats or emails are things that are taboo. Even as a child you have a right to your own opinion and to secrets. Parents don't have to know everything either. If they snoop around in private things, it can be very damaging to the relationship. Because this is about mutual respect and trust.


However, there are also situations that limit the right to privacy. If there is an important reason, parents can also control the child. Such exceptions are, for example, if the parents are concerned that the child will be in danger or that their health will be endangered. Because the child's well-being, for which the parents are responsible, always comes first. However, it is always better to address the sensitive issue and talk openly about everything. In this way, the child's privacy can also be preserved.