iRights

Futurform ICT are delighted to be supporting The iRights campaign.

The iRights campaign is an initiative that seeks to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people (under 18) by delivering a universal framework of digital rights, in order that young people are able to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

Children and young people are often presented as digital natives – with fast thumbs able to  summon up the knowledge of the world in an instant, build a million dollar company from  their bedroom, or topple a corrupt regime with a tweet. Yet the latest research shows that  far from being at the forefront of the digital revolution, many young people remain on the lower ‘rungs’ of digital understanding.

The campaign is being endorsed by a broad spectrum of ministers, industry and charities alike representing both adults and young people such as Sky, Barclays, Freeformers, Barnardos and the Scouts Association.

Click here to see the iRights video

The iRights campaign provides this framework via five simple principles:

right-to-remove1.  The right to remove. Everyone under 18 has the right to easily edit or delete content they have created, and access to simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them.

 

 

right-to-know2. The right to know. Everyone under 18 has the right 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.

 

 

right-to-safety-support3. The right to safety and support. Everyone under 18 can be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.

 

 

right-to-informed-choices4. The right to make informed and conscious choices. Everyone under 18 is free to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.

 

 

right-to-digital-literacy5. The right to digital literacy. Everyone under 18 is taught the skills to use and critique digital technologies and to be confident in managing new social norms.

 

 

 

Part of our commitment to the iRights campaign, Futurform ICT are delighted to be the first company to sponsor a Somerset wide challenge to encourage schools to explore this innovative way for children to use the computational thinking they have gained in computing to apply to their online safety learning.

Links:

iRights Campaign
Somerset Open-ended Challenges