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Do you know your 5Rights?

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Do you know your 5Rights?

Posted by The Source on 1 June 2015

What is the 5Rights?

5Rights is about enabling young people to feel confident online.

To know your rights in the digital world, so that you can feel safe using the internet. 

5Rights takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18) and make them relevant to the digital world.

They aim to end digital violence and to make the digital world safe.

Find out more on the 5Rights Foundation website

There are five main rights when using the internet which 5Rights believes every child and young person should have.

These are:

The right to remove

The right to easily edit or delete anything you've posted online.

Young people were concerned that the things they post online are permanent and could affect their job prospects.

5Rights believes you should have the right to remove anything you post so that it disappears.

It's common knowledge now that employers are likely to Google you before hiring you.

So the right to remove anything you regret could come in handy because of this.

What do you think?

The right to know

The right to know who is holding and benefiting from your information.

Knowing what your information is being used for. 

How many people actually read the long and complicated terms and conditions?

The fact that most of us usually just tick the box means that your personal information could be used without you knowing.

5Rights says that children and young people should only be asked to give personal data when they understand what it's for.

And young people agreed that Ts & Cs aimed at them should be easy to understand.

And they should be in written in simple language.

Do you think this would make it easier to see what you're signing up for?

The right to support and safety

You should feel confident that you are protected from illegal activity online.

To receive support if you do come across anything upsetting.

Some young people feel that too much attention is given to what's illegal online, rather than what can be unpleasant or distressing.

Young people are highly likely to see something they don't like online and it can be upsetting.

5Rights thinks it's a young person's right to receive protection, care, guidance and education about using the internet.

Do you think this would help young people from viewing anything upsetting, or is this taking protection too far?

The right to make informed and conscious use 

You should feel free to use the internet and access information.

Also have the right to walk away and leave when you want to.

Lots of websites reward you for staying longer and make it difficult to leave by holding your attention.

This can lead to problems like missing sleep, and struggling to concentrate in school.

Some software to 'protect' young people can end up blocking useful websites by making the wrong choices about what the website actually is.

5Rights thinks that this kind of safety software shouldn't restrict your access to the internet in ways it doesn't need to. 

You've probably tried to access a perfectly safe, educational website at school to help with your work, but found the site blocked by safety software.

Do you think this right would help with annoying incidences like this?

The right to digital literacy 

You should have the right to be able to access online information in a confident way.

5Rights thinks all young people should be taught digital skills as part of your education.

This should include how to make websites, apps and games.

They also think young people should learn how to manage their reputation online, as this is important.

Do you think this would be useful?

And is it realistic to expect all young people to learn about making websites, apps and games in school?

Some schools are already teaching young people all about using the internet safely.

And things like managing your online rep and basic coding.

But not everyone gets this opportunity, and there is still a lot that we don't understand about the digital world.

5Rights is helping to improve this and fight for young people's rights online.

To find out more Check the 5Rights website and see how you could get involved in sharing your ideas and opinions! 

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