About us

The 5Rights framework was written to offer a single, principled approach that could be used to set a standard by which young people are treated in the digital world. It was written with contributions from policy experts, academics, teachers, digital engineers, civil society organisations, business leaders and young people themselves.

We believe that:

  • The digital environment must deliberately be designed to anticipate the presence of children.
  • The rights that young people enjoy in the physical world should be enacted in their digital world.
  • Young people must have a meaningful voice in how the digital world treats them.

We welcome the rapid growth of the digital environment but it must be on terms that meet the need of young people to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. 

What we do

5Rights works with children and young people helping them to articulate their needs and desires for the digital environment. 

5Rights publishes and disseminates research that explores the needs of children and childhood where it intersects with the digital environment.  We regularly contribute to public consultations, key notes and panels, appear on broadcast media and generate press coverage.  

5Rights work to build a consensus that children have established rights and must be treated according to the vulnerabilities associated with their age in all environments including the digital. We work with partners to develop the case for, and evidence to support, universal design standards.  We support the creation of global digital literacy standards and we capture the voices of children and young people. 

5Rights has a vibrant network of lawyers, designers, engineers, computer scientists, children development experts, academics, and parents as well as children’s advocates, teachers and policy-makers who wish to see an upgrade of the digital environment.  We support child-centered design and have developed prototypes that demonstrate that the digital environment can be redesigned in children’s ‘best interests’.  

More information about our activities can be found under ‘In Action’, and our publications can be found under ‘Resources’.