Among the cultural activities coinciding with International Children's Day, the Library held this seminar, in which the Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Association, Khaled Al Fakhri, and the President of the Saudi Association for Child Welfare, Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman Nadia Bint Fahd Al-Siif, spoke. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Fahd Bin Ali Al-Alyan, Director of the National Cultural Project for the Renewal of the Relationship with the Book. It was held on Tuesday evening, November 20th 2018, in the Lecture Hall of the King Abdul-Aziz Public Library.
The two lecturers reviewed the rights of the child from two points of view:
· The Legal Point of View, as expressed in the charters of international organizations, the UN and UNICEF;
· The educational and family point of view, looking at the most prominent laws dealing with the rights of the child including a review of the education, health, family care and education fields; and constantly monitoring progress in these fields, especially in the light of modern technologies such as mobile devices and the Internet.
Al-Fakhiri explained that in working with the National Assembly for Human Rights, he had adopted the cause of the rights of the child, and had often called for the protection of the child from perverted ideas, the preservation of his various rights, the prevention of the exploitation of children in commercial marketing, the prevention of the marriage of minors, and adherence to the various international conventions concerning children.
The researcher Nadia Al-Sayf has previously presented important research on children's rights and the need to monitor them, like the research that she conducted along with other participants into the extent of children's overuse of modern devices such as electronic games and mobile devices. In the subsequent paper, she offered recommendations and strategies, the most important of which were:
· Controlling the use of mobile devices and video games by children;
· Intensifying parental monitoring;
· Encouraging children to read;
· playing popular sports with the participation of family members; · fostering family ties that in turn develop social and language skills in children. It is worth mentioning that the International Day of the Child falls on the same date as the signing of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989 by 191 countries.