5Rights takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18), and articulates them for the digital world. Signatories to the 5Rights framework believe that young people should be supported to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. 

A child is a child until they reach maturity, not until they pick up a smartphone

   


The rights of children apply whomever and wherever they are

We recognise that age makes children and young people vulnerable. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child describes the bare minimum of a safe and secure childhood.  With more than 190 countries as signatories it is the most ratified human rights treaty in history.

In spite of this, we do not observe children’s rights in the digital world.  Rights that protect them from commercial exploitation, offer the highest standards in wellbeing and education. Rights that protect them from violence and harm, and give them privacy.

There is no technological impediment to delivering children’s rights online - it is a choice. To support the presence of young people online, we must design and implement as standard, into every interaction of the digital world ALL the rights they enjoy offline.

Children's rights are not optional, however inconvenient.

1in 5
miss food or sleep

41%

of 11-19 year olds said they had seen something on the internet in the past year that had upset or worried them

46%

of teachers say pupils are distracted in class because of mobile telephones and related technology

While headlines concentrate on stranger danger and unsuitable content, the structure of the digital world remains unchallenged.

We have allowed a system to develop where young people are looped into a technology designed keep them attached.  Based on the same principle as a casino slot machine. They are being trained to click. 
 
Technology is the greatest tool for change and development. Young people must be empowered and informed users. It is no longer appropriate to consider digital as separate from a child’s ‘real world’.

It is not longer appropriate to expect young people to 'manage' their behaviour online, the online world must be designed with children and young people in mind.

The 5Rights

The Right to
Remove

That is the right to easily remove what you yourself have put up. It doesn’t challenge Freedom of Speech, but the first rule of conscious use is being able to control what your history will look like online, in the space you curate.

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The Right to
Know

That is the right to know who and what and why and for what purposes, your data is being exchanged. And a meaningful choice about whether to engage in that exchange.

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The Right to
Safety and Support

What is illegal must be pursued by the law. But much of what upsets young people online is not illegal and support is sparse, fragmented and largely invisible to those children and young people when they need it most.

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The Right to
Informed and Conscious Use

It is simply undemocratic that young people are looped in to technology that is deliberately designed to keep them attached, based on the same principles as casino slot machines.   “Addicting” is what product designers call it. ‘Addicting’ is what product designers work towards.

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The Right to
Digital Literacy

Digital literacy means understanding the purposes of the technology that you are using.  Growing up as a CREATOR and contributor as well as an informed consumer. And having a clear grasp of the likely social outcomes of that use.

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5Rights:
By Young People

5Rights interpreted and re-written by young people. 

 

Our thanks to Girl Guides; this is their version of the 5Rights, in their language.

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5Rights In Action

The 5Rights were inspired by the questions and demands of hundreds of young people. Contributed to by academics, teachers, children’s campaigners, product designers and engineers, corporations and policy makers. It is the brainchild of many, for use by all.

Some of our signatories sign up simply to show support, but many are applying 5Rights in real world scenarios. Below are some of the actions they have taken.   

We encourage you to re-imagine your digital services with 5Rights in place, and ask that you dare to build a better digital world for children and young people.

Sky

5Rights: In Action

Stories from coalition members who are implementing 5Rights in their own digital world... 

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Fulfilling the 5Rights

Fulfilling the 5Rights

This is how we interpreted the 5Rights in our digital world...

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What you can do

What You Can Do

We believe, in time, that legal interpretation and technological innovation will make 5Rights a new norm. For now, we encourage you to implement 5Rights in your own digital world...  

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