The Young Scot Digital Academy is designed to develop the digital skills of young people and connect them with positive opportunities. We do this through a number of programmes linked to digital citizenship and youth employment.


We are the lead strategic partner in Scotland for 5Rights, 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 5Rights coalition believes that these technologies must be designed and delivered with young peoples’ needs specifically in mind. 5Rights 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 5Rights 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 can be viewed at

In 2017, the 5Rights Youth commission presented their report  on how young people’s rights can be realised in an increasingly digital society to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop and Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald. The group’s findings have already been used to shape the Scottish Government’s ‘Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world: A Digital Strategy for Scotland’ and the ‘National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People.’

You can read about the report and download a copy from our news section.

Digital Academy Modern Apprenticeship Programmes

We are committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s youth employment agenda and understand the growing need for professional digital skills across all workforce sectors. As such, we deliver the Young Scot Digital Creative Modern Apprentice with Kelvin College for a wide range of partners.

Young Scot supports all MAs to achieve a Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 7). All programmes offer young people, primarily aged 16-19 who have a passion for digital media, a first step towards a digital career. It supports them to develop professional creative and digital media skills, in addition to essential employability and core skills.

If you would like to find out more about any our Digital Academy programmes, please contact Allan Lindsay, Digital Academy Manager at


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