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A&D Blogs: Amy Chalmers

My name is Amy Chalmers and I am 15 years old. I am from Cumbernauld which is in North Lanarkshire.

I am currently a Rights Youth Leader as I am a member of the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group. I am also a member of one of the subgroups. In total there are five subgroups – the rights respecting schools and businesses group, the innovative tech group, the year of young people celebration group, the cyber resilience group and the young digital champions group. I am part of the rights respecting schools and businesses group. Our subgroup is currently working towards designing an award that will make businesses more aware and respecting of 5rights.

To design this award, we have done a variety of different things. One of the things that we do is research, but in a variety of ways. We do some research through things like the internet. For example, I have researched corporate social responsibility, what that includes and examples of different businesses CSR policies. Alongside this type of research, we also frequently meet with experts form a variety of fields. Through doing this, we get the opportunity to ask questions to these industry experts.

I think it is so important for young people to be involved in the decision making process because young people can give a perspective that other people may not think of…

My highlight of the process so far has probably been the opportunities that have come with this project as I have gotten to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise done. These opportunities include presenting to people from the Scottish Government during their Digital Week earlier this year in March. I also think the 5Rights Summit this month was another highlight of mine from the project.

I think it is so important for young people to be involved in the decision making process because young people can give a perspective that other people may not think of, and that may encourage other people to get involved with things because they agree with what’s being done already.

By the end of the project I hope my subgroup have designed a successful award for businesses to be more aware and respecting of the 5Rights. Overall though, I hope that people are more aware of the 5Rights.

This blog first appeared on https://www.ads.org.uk/esbc18blog_digital_rights_amychalmers/