The iRights coalition recognises that the internet and digital technologies are a fundamental part of children and young people’s lives and believes that they people must be empowered to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.
The initiative is centred on five principles to allow children and young people to access the internet and digital world safely and knowledgeably.
The five principles of iRights are:
- The right to remove: to easily edit or delete online content they have created, and access simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them
- The right to know: to know who holds and profits from their information, what their information is being used for, and whether it is being copied, sold, or traded.
- The right to safety and support: to be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.
- The right to make informed and conscious choices: to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.
- The right to digital literacy: to be taught the appropriate skills to use and critique digital technologies and be confident in managing new social norms.
The recommendations from the Royal Society of Edinburgh report “spreading the benefits of digital participation” included giving further consideration to the topic of digital literacy and its broader definition including online safety, rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the relationship between the on and offline worlds.
The iRights project will provide insight, learning and understanding of individuals rights and safety on the internet. The aim is to improve digital competence and confidence within the population as a whole.
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