What is RErights?

Who created RErights.org?

RErights.org is a collaboration between Western Sydney University and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (Australia), in partnership with Digitally Connected and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth (USA).

Who can participate in RErights.org? How old do I have to be?

RErights.org has been created especially for young people aged 12 to 18 to express their opinions about their rights in the digital age. Younger people (under age 12) can also join, but they may need more help or may find it easier to participate as part of a group. If you are older than 18, you can’t submit content unless you are uploading on behalf of a group of under-18s. This is to make sure that young people lead the conversations and the direction of the website, and that their voices are heard clearly.

What devices or equipment will I need?

You can upload content to RErights.org using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. You will need to have internet access. Some of the Operations and Missions include an option to upload video or photos, which can be created with a mobile phone, computer, tablet, camera or other technology. If you don’t have any of these, you can still participate by submitting your responses as text.

What are Operations and Missions?

Operations are activities that RErights members take part in. Every Operation includes a few short Missions and focuses on a different topic related to your rights – each completed Mission earns you a badge. We invite you to do some ‘undercover’ research or tell us your opinions, and you upload your responses as text, photos, drawings or videos. We use the content you’ve uploaded to generate results and create infographics, videos, collages or news items. These are posted to the website so that you can see what other members have said, and so that our whole RErights community can discuss the results together.

Can I submit content in a language other than English?

Yes, you can submit content in another language. When you sign up, we ask you what language you want to use, so that we can arrange to get your submissions translated into English.

Can we participate as a group?

Yes, groups are welcome to participate and complete operations and missions together. Simply head to the Sign Up page, and select the option ‘sign up as a group’.

What should I do if something on this website makes me uncomfortable?

We want the RErights community to be a place where you can express your views about your rights in the digital age, and feel safe sharing your thoughts and experiences. We hope you will have fun here, and learn some things that are relevant to your everyday life. If you come across an inappropriate comment on the RErights News page, please report it as inappropriate by clicking the ‘report comment’ button next to the comment. If you see something else on the website that upsets or offends you, here are some things you can do. Firstly, talk with an adult you trust – a parent, a teacher or another adult you feel comfortable with. You can also contact us at RErights – we will always listen and will try our best to help solve the problem. There may also be local community centres or groups that you can contact, or telephone advice services in your country, which you can find online or ask your school about.

Remember, taking part in the RErights project is voluntary, and we respect your right to leave the project if you wish. You can decide at any time to stop participating and delete your profile or withdraw from the project.

What happens to the text, photos, videos and other information I upload to RErights.org?

Any content you upload to RErights.org is managed by the RErights team. It will be moved to a site and then to a secure storage area hosted by Western Sydney University. By joining RErights.org, you agree that we may use this content to create new materials that will be posted publicly on the RErights website; used as part of our research (e.g., in printed or online reports, presentations or publications); or shared through our partner organisations’ websites or social media channels. When you accept our Terms and Conditions, you agree to this.

How is my privacy protected?

We do our best to protect your privacy. No other RErights member can see your real name or your email address, and we won’t include your personal information in any of the research materials or content that we create. In publicly available materials, we will use only your age, gender and country to identify you. For security reasons, we ask that you use a strong password to protect your personal information. For more information about Privacy, have a look at our Privacy Policy.

Why do I need to get permission from the people I want to interview, and how do I do that?

Why is it important?

We can’t force people to be involved in research projects and we can’t use what they say without them knowing. So without permission from the person you interview, the research team will not be able to use your work.

How do I get permission?

  1. Before you start asking any questions, read out the following text to the interviewee: “This activity is part of a research project and your answers will be collected and analysed by researchers at Western Sydney University, Australia. Quotes or footage from the interview may be included in publicly available research outputs but you will not be identified by name. You are free to withdraw from the project at any time. Visit the RErights website if you want to know more.”
  2. If you are video/audio recording, ask the interviewee to read the following once you have started recording: “I understand this is part of a research project and I agree for my content to be used by the research team. I understand I will not be identified by name and the information I provide may be made publicly available”.
  3. If you are making a written record, write the above sentence on a piece of paper and ask the interviewee to confirm their agreement by writing their full name, date, and signature on the paper. Scan or take a photo of this piece of paper and upload with your interview. If you can’t do this, let us know why by emailing us at rerights@westernsydney.edu.au and when you submit your interview, type in confirmation that you have their permission.
  4. Remember, we may not be able to use any information you give us if we don’t have permission!

Who can share or use the content on this website?

RErights content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, unless otherwise specified. This means that RErights content, including materials that we create from your responses and uploads, can be shared and adapted by other people as long as they do not earn money from it, and as long as they acknowledge that it was created by the RErights community. See below for more about Creative Commons licensing.

What are Creative Commons licenses?

Creative Commons licenses are a flexible, legal way for individuals, companies and organisations to share their work with others. Different Creative Commons licenses allow content to be legally reused, remixed or shared in different ways. Content creators choose the type of Creative Commons license they want for their work. Creative Commons licenses explain who can and can’t use or share the work; how it can or can’t be used or shared; whether permission is needed to use the work; and how the original author must be acknowledged. To find Creative Commons licensed materials online, check out our Useful Links, you can also read more about Creative Commons on our Creative Commons Explained page.

How do I delete my profile?

You can delete your RErights account on your profile page. This means your profile will disappear from the website and your personal information will be deleted; but anything you have uploaded will still be kept by the RErights team and may be used for research or to create new RErights materials. See also: How do I withdraw from the research?

How do I withdraw from the research?

Participation in this research is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time without affecting your relationship with the research team or our partners. In other words, it’s OK if you decide you want to leave RErights.org. If you want to withdraw from the study and have your uploaded content deleted, send an email to rerights@westernsydney.edu.au and tell us what content you would like us to delete.

What if I have a different question?

If there’s something else you want to know, email us with your question at rerights@westernsydney.edu.au.