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

5Rights Foundation leads joint UK letter to FTC on COPPA Rule Review

November 2019

A group of children’s advocates and academics have signed a joint letter organised by the 5Rights Foundation, calling on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prioritise the privacy and best interests of children in its review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule). The letter’s signatories include the Children’s Commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; UNICEF UK; members of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS); and the Rt Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford.

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Digital Times Newspaper created with insights from young people in 5Rights Data Literacy workshops

October 2019

Our workshops confirmed something we have consistently found while working alongside young people: They want a say. The young people suggested that they need their own newspaper, “The voice of children: the rights of the new generation.”

The Digital Times captures their voices.

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UNCRC General Comment expert meeting in London

October 2019

On 7 and 8 October, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomed a group of over fifty experts from around the world to discuss the proposed General Comment on children’s rights in the digital environment. The meeting, which was held in London, was hosted by 5Rights Foundation, Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr Amanda Third, and Gerison Lansdown.

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5Rights joins Peace Day pledge against Cyber Violence

September 2019

5Rights Foundation is proud to support Peace One Day and the campaign to reduce Cyber Violence in all its forms.

Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair, 5Rights Foundation, said: “Children and young people cannot navigate the digital world creatively and fearlessly if they are battling against hate speech, sexual abuse, exploitation, and bullying online. We support Peace One Day in its campaign to tackle cyber violence.”

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Let's make it easy for online services to protect children's data

August 2019

“A generation of children has become accustomed to clicking ‘accept’ and surrendering their privacy. Imagine if clicking ‘accept’ meant just the opposite.”

5Rights on how the enormous potential of the Age Appropriate Design Code can be realised. 

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5Rights responds to the Online Harms White Paper

July 2019

5Rights welcomes the importance that the White Paper ascribes to promoting the welfare of children and young people in particular, and we are pleased to see proposals that would hold companies to account for how effectively they uphold their published rules. However, we express concern that the more ‘everyday’ harms faced by children online are not given sufficient attention in the White Paper, and that in failing to take a truly risk-based approach, the proposals may fall short of driving a culture of safety-by-design.

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5Rights responds to the draft Age Appropriate Design Code

May 2019

5Rights Foundation has submitted its response to the Information Commissioner’s consultation on the draft Age Appropriate Design Code. 

The draft Code breaks new ground in setting out the specific protections that children merit in relation to their personal data, and it successfully challenges the status quo in which children’s presence is not accounted for by the online services they use.

We congratulate the Information Commissioner’s Office for its work to date and look forward to welcoming the final version of the Code when it enters into force. 

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The Age Appropriate Design Code: “A new deal between children and the tech sector”

April 2019

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham CBE, has now launched a draft of the Age Appropriate Design Code for consultation. The consultation is open until Friday 31st May.

The Age Appropriate Design Code is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and sets out the specific protections that children require for their data. It will redress the balance between the needs and safety of children and the commercial interests of online services.

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Developed through the workshops we run with kids, our new children's booklet explains how the Information Commissioner’s Age Appropriate Design Code can support them online. It illustrates how the Code can make it easy for them to have more control of their data, and what online services must do to make themselves child-friendly.

Demistifying the Age Appopriate Design Code

At 5Rights, we work to support children and young people as they explore, play, learn and grow in the digital environment.  We do this by:

  • giving children a voice to articulate their needs and to meaningfully shape their digital environment. 

  • collaborating with designers, computer scientists, child development experts, user experience engineers, and academics to develop prototypes that show how the digital environment can be redesigned in children’s ‘best interests’.

  • publishing research to build and disseminate evidence on how best to meet children’s development needs online.

  • sharing knowledge to ensure that those with responsibility for children, including teachers, parents, social workers and policy-makers make informed decisions.

  • developing a digital literacy framework that tackles questions of motivation, citizenship and digital engagement, alongside discussions of ‘21st century’ skills necessary to flourish in the digital environment. 

  • building a consensus on the need for a global governance structure that would establish universal standards of age-appropriate design online.

The 5Rights Framework articulates the rights and commonly held principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) for 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.

The demand to create a better digital environment for young people is often synonymous with a call to curtail access. 5Rights does not support this view. We welcome the rapid growth of the digital environment but work to ensure that it meets the needs of young people.

What we do

5Rights Foundation leads joint UK letter to FTC on COPPA Rule Review

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UNCRC General Comment expert consultation takes place in London

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