Young Scot Announce Partnership with iRights

23 April 2015

Young Scot has been announced as the lead strategic partner in Scotland for iRights, the UK-wide coalition which aims to make the internet and surrounding digital world a better and more empowering place for all children and young people.

Recognising that digital technology is a fundamental part of young peoples’ lives, the iRights coalition believes that these technologies must be designed and delivered with young peoples’ needs specifically in mind. Over the next year, Young Scot will work towards achieving a number of key priorities which are to:

  • Grow the iRights coalition within Scotland.
  • Raise awareness of the five iRights principles and promote the use of the iRights framework through various activity programmes and events.
  • Facilitate opportunities for Young Scots to be involved and at the forefront of the iRights coalition in Scotland.

iRights is a framework of five clear and simple principles to enable children and young people to access the internet creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. These principles translate the existing rights of young people under the age of 18 from the physical into a digital world context. The five iRights are:

  • The right to remove: to easily edit or delete online content they have created, and access simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them.
  • The right to know: to know who holds and profits from their information, what their information is being used for, and whether it is being copied, sold, or traded.
  • The right to safety and support: to be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.
  • The right to make informed and conscious choices: to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.
  • The right to digital literacy: to be taught the appropriate skills to use and critique digital technologies and be confident in managing new social norms.

A full explanation of each of the rights, how they are delivered and how they can be applied can be viewed at www.irights.uk.

Louise Macdonald OBE, Young Scot’s Chief Executive, said: “The partnership between Young Scot and iRights will play a key role in our activity over the coming year as we implement its principles throughout our organisation and help us to change the attitudes of Scots towards online safety and rights. We are eager to take on the role of helping to grow the coalition within Scotland and facilitate opportunities for our young people to be at the forefront of this initiative while doing so. As a ‘digital by design’ organisation, we will use the iRights framework to guide our work, but we also believe that every company, organisation and leader in Scotland can use it so that collectively, we can enable young people to thrive within their digital world.

“At Young Scot we have fallen in love with the possibilities that internet and digital technologies offer to help young people build opportunities and make informed decisions and choices. As a youth organisation, we also recognise that we have a duty of care to provide appropriate support and information for young people to enable them to fulfil their potential as active and engaged 21st century citizens.”

Glenn Manoff, iRights director, said “Young Scot is an extraordinary youth organisation and the perfect lead partner for iRights in Scotland. Their passionate commitment to putting young Scots in the driving seat of their own digital future shines through in everything they do, and the five digital rights in the iRights framework provide a simple guide for how to take this ethos even further. The Young Scot card is a world leading example of how they empower young people in very tangible every day ways and gives us a great platform to innovate together.”

For more information on iRights please contact Hilary Kidd, Digital Academy Manager at Young Scot on hilaryk@youngscot.org.

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