- Respect the dignity and rights of every child in every circumstance.
- In interviewing (and reporting on) children, pay special attention to each child’s right to privacy and confidentiality, to have their opinions heard, to participate in decisions affecting them and to be protected from harm and retribution.
- Protect the best interests of each child over any other consideration, including advocacy for children’s issues and the promotion of child rights.
- When trying to determine the best interests of a child, give due weight to the child’s right to have their views taken into account in accordance with their age and maturity.
- Consult those closest to the child’s situation and best able to assess it about the political, social and cultural ramifications of any reportage.
- Do not publish a story or an image that might put the child, their siblings or peers at risk, even when their identities are changed, obscured or not used.