NYA signs up to iRights

14 May 2015

The National Youth Agency has signed up to iRights.

iRights-Branding_colour-logoCurrently the debate about young people’s use of the internet is dominated by safety concerns. This is limiting and unhelpful as digital technology is ever increasing, and young people need to feel empowered to engage and build their knowledge and skills.

Twenty five years ago the human rights of all children and young people were recognised by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. iRights contextualise these rights for the digital world.

Jon Boagey, acting CEO of the NYA said “The digital world is every day for young people. All young people have the right to feel safe and secure in their lives and online is no different. Rather than rules prescribed by well-meaning adults, iRights empowers young people themselves, and the National Youth Agency wholeheartedly endorses this approach.”

The five iRights are:

  • The right to remove
    Every child and young person under 18 should have the right to easily edit or delete any and all content they themselves have created.
  • The right to know
    Children and young people have the right to know who is holding or profiting 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
    Children and young people should be confident that they will be protected from illegal practices and supported if confronted by troubling or upsetting scenarios online.
  • The right to make informed and conscious choices (the right to agency)
    Children and young people should be free to reach into creative and participatory places online, using digital technologies as tools, but at the same time have the capacity to disengage at will.
  • The right to digital literacy
    To access the knowledge that the internet can deliver, children and young people need to be taught the skills to use and critique digital technologies, and given the tools to negotiate changing social norms.

For more information visit the iRights website.