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Do you know your iRights?


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Do you know your iRights?

Posted by The Source on 1 June 2015

iRights is about enabling young people to feel confident online and know their rights in the digital world, so that you can feel safe using the internet. 

iRights is a group made up of over 100 major UK organisations, parents, the technology sector, and youth organisations.

There are five main rights which iRights believes every child and young person should have when it comes to using the internet. 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. iRights believes you should have the right to remove anything you post so that it disappears.

Its common knowledge now that employers are likely to Google you before hiring, so the right to remove anything you regret could come in handy. What do you think?

The right to know

The right to know who is holding and benefiting from your information, and what it's 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 being used without you knowing about it.

iRights 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, with 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, and 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 at some point, and it can be upsetting.

iRights thinks its a young person's right to receive protection, care, guidance and education about using the internet. Do you think this would help in preventing young people from viewing anything upsetting, or is this taking protection too far?

The right to make informed and conscious choices

You should feel free to use the internet and access information, but 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. iRights 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 all tried to access a perfectly safe, educational site at school to help with your work at some point, and found its been 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. iRights thinks all young people should be taught digital skills as part of your education, including how to make websites, apps and games. They also think young people should learn how to manage their reputation online, as this is really 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, as well as 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 fully understand about the digital world.

iRights is helping to improve this and fight for young people's rights online. Check out their website to find out more and see how you could get involved in sharing your ideas and opinions! You can also find iRights on Twitter.

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