In 2016, 5Rights partnered with Young Scot, Scotland’s largest youth charity, and the Scottish Government to create a Youth Commission that would interrogate how the digital environment could and should realise young people’s rights.
The young people led a year-long investigation, culminating in a report, Our Digital Rights, which outlined recommendations for how government, schools, educators, youth workers, businesses and parents/carers could support young people online. The Youth Commission worked closely with the Scottish Government and this report has shaped Scottish Government’s official digital policy.
In 2018, the Youth Commission became the Young Leadership Group. Since then, the Group has hosted conferences, submitted evidence to Government consultations, briefed cabinet ministers and the police, and been invited to meet with product developers, senior civil servants and company leaders to share how the digital environment affects them.
“I can’t wait to see where the rest of our investigation and evidence-gathering takes us. It’s an amazing experience getting to be part of something so important… I look forward to the future of digital rights for young people.” – Young Scot 5Rights Leader