Introducing...the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group!

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Amy, one of our 5Rights Youth Leaders, has written about the launch of the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, at which they were joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fional Hyslop MSP, and 5Rights founder, Baroness Beeban Kidron. Find out here what this exciting new project is all about!

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The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group is a group made up of young people from throughout Scotland who are passionate about making the digital world safer for everybody, but especially for young people and children by promoting their 5 digital rights. These 5Rights are:

  • the right to remove
    (the ability to easily edit or delete all content they have created)
  • the right to know
    (the right to know who has access to their information and who is benefitting from it)
  • the right to safety and support
    (the right to feel confident that they are safe from illegal practices and can get the right support if they need it)
  • the right to informed and conscious use
    (the right to feel inspired to reach creative places online, but also feel able to switch off from it at any time)
  • the right to digital literacy
    (the right to be taught the skills to be able to use create and critique digital technologies, and given the tools to negotiate changing social norms)

To help our group reach its overall aims better we have split into 5 different subgroups. I am part of the subgroup called Rights Respecting Schools and Businesses and our group is currently trying to start creating the foundations for an award that businesses can be awarded for respecting the digital rights of young people properly. Eventually we will have developed the award further and in greater detail, but we are still near the beginning of the project and we want to take our time and get it right so it can be as effective and beneficial as possible.

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Our group was officially launched on the 7th of February at the Young Scot offices in Edinburgh, with the help of a couple of special guests. Our first guest was the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop and our other guest was Baroness Beeban Kidron, the founder of the 5Rights campaign. Our morning started with us taking part in a “brain dump” activity, in which we explored our thoughts and perceptions around the different themes of education, business ethics, cyber resilience, young people’s rights and digital citizenship by writing up on the blackboard things which we thought related to this. While most of us were doing this, two members of the group welcomed our guests then showed them to where we were and then, in our subgroups, we all introduced ourselves and the aims of our subgroup for the length of the project. After we had finished this a Facebook Live interview was conducted with them and then we went outside to get our photos taken and then Ms Hyslop had to leave. We then had about an hour left with Beeban, where we had a discussion about the project in more depth, and also we asked her questions and she asked us questions too.

Personally, I thought that the launch was really interesting and a great opportunity to meet and get to know better Ms Hyslop and Baroness Kidron who will hopefully be able to help us along the way with our project and I also found that it was also really helpful to hear their ideas and suggestions for my subgroup and our award. I think the launch will also help our cause as it will make people more aware of their 5 digital rights and the more our group does going forward the more aware people will continue to become.