Launched in February 2018 by Young Scot, the Scottish Government, and 5Rights UK, the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group is a diverse group of 30 young people from across Scotland, aged 11 to 19, who champion their rights in the digital world. Building on the recommendations co-designed by the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Commission in their report, ‘Our [Digital] Rights’ (May 2017), the group focuses on investigating how Scotland can realise young people’s rights in the digital world.
My name is Amy Chalmers, I’m 15 years old, and I’m from Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire.
I am currently a member of the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, and my role as a 5Rights Youth Leader is to investigate how Scotland can realise young people’s rights in the digital world. Our work is based on the 5Rights Framework, which articulates the rights already promised to young people by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) for the digital context. These 5Rights are:
- The right to remove
- The right to know
- The right to safety and support
- The right to informed and conscious use
- The right to digital literacy
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.
Making Businesses Aware
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 from a variety of fields. Through doing this, we get the opportunity to ask questions to these industry experts, including UNICEF, Police Scotland, Education Scotland, and many more.
Involved in Decision Making
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 has 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.