5Rights Young Scot Youth Leadership Group launch

In February 2018, Young Scot launched the second Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group. The new lead Group consists of 30 young people, aged 11-19 from across 16 local authorities in Scotland. The Youth Leadership Group will spend the next 12 months building on the recommendations of the first 5Rights Youth Commission which can be found in “Our digital rights” report.

The group will focus on the following projects: 

  • A Young Digital Champions Programme
  • Rights-based resources to support Cyber Resilience
  • Creating a Digital Rights Respecting Businesses Award with support from UNICEF
  • Developing innovative tech including a digital footprint tool and the potential for using the Young Scot NEC card to age verify online
  • Hosting the Year of Young People Celebration; an international convention for young people to celebrate their rights in the digital world

During the launch, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs was interview by 5Rights Leaders, where she discussed her thoughts on social media, the work of the Leadership Group and her hopes for the future of the digital world. Watch the interview here

The Youth Leadership Group also took part in a workshop with 5Rights Founder, Baroness Kidron, where questions, advice and suggestions were exchanged. Read more about the launch here

 “We recognise that young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow. The 5Rights agenda places the Youth Leadership Group in an excellent position to help influence future policy development on matters that will affect not only young people but everyone in Scotland.”- Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

 “It’s absolutely essential that young people understand their rights in the digital world and how to use them. Everyone has the right to know what information is being held about them, to be secure and safe, and to make informed decisions. If something isn’t acceptable offline, then it shouldn’t be OK online – that’s what we’re working to achieve.” - Amy Chalmers, from North Lanarkshire, a 5Rights Youth Leader

“Scotland has been at the forefront of supporting young people to articulate and enact their digital rights. Supported by Young Scot, the 5Rights Commission has put the voices of young people at the heart of Government policy.  At 5Rights, we are proud to work alongside these creative and knowledgeable young people and we thank them for their commitment to making a digital environment fit for children and childhood.” - Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights

“Since we launched the 5Rights campaign in Scotland in 2016, it has achieved incredible results. I can’t wait to see what the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group achieve as they find ways to support young people across the country in realising their rights in the digital world.” - Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot