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Young Scots to lead on digital rights

The Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights to launch their project

A new group of young leaders will be championing young people’s rights in a digital world throughout the Year of Young People 2018.

Supported by Scottish Government, the new Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group, involving 30 young people from across Scotland, will work together to help young people realise their rights in an online world based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Young Scot is the Scottish partner for 5Rights, a UK initiative to enable children and young people to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. It aims to promote the five fundamental digital rights of children and young people – the right to remove, the right to know, the right to safety and support, the right to informed and conscious use, and the right to digital literacy.

As part of the programme, the Young Scot 5Rigths Youth Leadership Group will raising awareness of the 5Rights Framework, and what this means to young people. A Year of Young People 2018 celebratory event is planned for later this year.

The Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group will be recruiting and training other young people as digital rights champions for a pilot programme to run in five Scottish schools.

The 5Rights Youth Leadership group will also be investigating how to establish an award for businesses who respect young peoples’ rights online and will be looking at how young people can better review and manage their digital footprint.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Baroness Beeban Kidron, the founder of 5Rights, met with young people from the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group at its official launch at Young Scot HQ

The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group will build on the findings of a report produced by the 5Rights Youth Commission, which has been working since 2016 to gather insights, ideas and recommendations on how Scotland can become a nation which realises the rights of children and young people in the digital world.

The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group is now helping the Scottish Government to realise its commitment in the Programme for Government to implement these recommendations during the Year of Young People 2018.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “We recognise that young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow. The 5Rights agenda places the Youth Leadership Group in an excellent position to help influence future policy development on matters that will affect not only young people but everyone in Scotland.”

Amy Chalmers, from North Lanarkshire, a 5Rights Youth Leader, said: “It’s absolutely essential that young people understand their rights in the digital world and how to use them. Everyone has the right to know what information is being held about them, to be secure and safe, and to make informed decisions. If something isn’t acceptable offline, then it shouldn’t be OK online – that’s what we’re working to achieve.”

Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights, said: Scotland has been at the forefront of supporting young people to articulate and enact their digital rights. Supported by Young Scot, the 5Rights Commission has put the voices of young people at the heart of Government policy.  At 5Rights, we are proud to work alongside these creative and knowledgeable young people and we thank them for their commitment to making a digital environment fit for children and childhood.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Since we launched the 5Rights campaign in Scotland in 2016, it has achieved incredible results. I can’t wait to see what the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group achieve as they find ways to support young people across the country in realising their rights in the digital world.”

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’, have both acknowledged the recommendations from Our Digital Rights in their development.

For more information on the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, please visit www.young.scot/5Rigths.