Young people have rights, right? But who decides what rights they need? How do adult decision makers know what young people want?
RErights.org is part of a project called Children’s Rights in the Digital Age. We are a group of researchers at Western Sydney University and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), working in partnership with Digitally Connected and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, and other national and international organisations. We are inviting you – young people – to help us explore and define your rights. Wherever you are in the world, we want to hear what you think about digital technology and what you need in your online lives. And we want to make sure that adult decision makers are listening to your voices when they make decisions that will affect you. Check out the ‘How it works‘ section to get started!
How it began
In 2014, we invited children and young people all over the world to send us videos, photos, drawings and stories about how they use digital technology and what problems they face. We were told some interesting things about the right to be forgotten, about ‘nosy’ parents restricting internet access, and we were sent videos showing what young people do online and what they have to say about it.
We wrote a research report, compiled the videos into a film, and took it all to the United Nations (UN). We knew we had started something that would get young people’s voices heard, so we kept going. This website is the next step.
Here’s some of what children around the world said to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as part of our project in 2014.